Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've heard about the latest craze that's taking everyone by storm. It's all over the internet, it's in craft stores, it's in bargain bins, it's in the grocery store checkout lines... that's right, I'm talking about adult coloring books!
These things are everywhere! Every day it seems that new ones are coming out or new people are getting started. It's hard to miss. We've all also probably heard why adult coloring books are so popular:
- They're fun!
- They're a great stress reliever.
- They take you back to childhood.
- They're a creative outlet.
- It's something parents can enjoy with their children.
These are certainly all great reasons to fall in love with coloring all over again, but today I want to talk about one more reason that you might not have considered.
- Adult coloring books can bring us closer to God.
Wait, what? What does something like coloring have to do with God? With the right coloring books... everything! Colossians 3:17 says it well:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
My own personal coloring experience began as an extension of Bible Journaling (another fantastic creative form of worship). To be entirely honest, I'm not much of an artist, so while I would have these big ideas in my head, I just didn't have the skill to put it onto paper. When I came across some Christian coloring books, I thought 'this is perfect!'. I may not be great at drawing... but I certainly could trace from these! So, I picked up a few.
I quickly discovered that I loved coloring all on its own, and that much like journaling had given me a creative way to worship in a way that made sense to me, coloring did as well. As I colored the pictures, I thought about the words I was coloring or the scriptures these pictures were based on. I reflected on what those words meant for me and how I could apply them to my life. I wasn't JUST coloring. I was praying. I was reflecting. I was spending time with God. I was worshiping.
Worship doesn't have to be confined to a church setting. Worship doesn't have to be JUST music. By definition worship is merely showing reverence or adoration or honoring with religious rites.... and that means worship can be exactly what you make it! Maybe for you worship is music or dancing. Maybe it's art or serving others. Or perhaps it can be something as seemingly simple as opening a coloring book.
------ This post was written by Randi Sampson. When not lost in a coloring book, she can be found taking care of her two children, spending time with her husband, Bible journaling and sharing it all on her blog, A Modern Day Fairy Tale.