Unduplicatable Purple

Since a college professor mentioned it (many years ago), I’ve had an interest in the fact that some colors cannot be replicated on a traditional computer monitor.  Whether the traditional RGB components of historic color TV’s and monitors (displays that, in the very early days of home computing, were sometimes the same thing), or modern smartphone screens, there are some colors that we simply can’t replicate by combining glowing pixels of three or four hues.

Sometimes, when I’m not staring at a screen (believe it or not, that does happen occasionally!), I look at some of the colors in objects around me and wonder if they are unique to the natural world.  When I look at a rainbow, I try to squint at the purple end of the spectrum1, and wonder if this is one of the rare times that I’ll get to see those colors.

Have a look at this verse from 1 Corinthians, referencing Isaiah 64:4:

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT

Now, in the verses leading up to this reference (1 Corinthians 2:1-8), it seems that Paul is talking about mysteries that have actually been revealed in these later times, and not something that we have yet to experience.  The mission of Jesus Christ, and how God provided a way for all humankind to be saved from spending eternity separated from Him, was accomplished in a way that both perplexed His detractors and amazed His followers.

However, it is my suspicion that God’s destiny for us in the future will far exceed anything that we can imagine.  After all, He came up with a plan that no movie script-writer would have imagined (although many have copied), and implemented a solution that no human could have brought to fruition.  His creativity is seen in the petals of a flower, the dichotomy of a platypus, the uniqueness of every human being, and the vastness of the stars.

Just imagine what He has waiting for us, next!  So, the next time you look up from a glowing screen to appreciate a bouquet of flowers, a sunset, a rainbow, or a tropical fish, savor the image for just a bit, and trust that God has even greater things in mind for us in the future.


Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


  1.  Yes, I realize that the short-wavelength colors are officially called indigo and violet.  The mnemonic “ROY G BP” just doesn’t flow as smoothly! 

2 thoughts on “Unduplicatable Purple”

    1. Oh, man – It’s been years since I heard that song! Chris Rice makes a good point in this song, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was looking at the same passages as me. Thanks for the reminder.

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