The Beauty Inside You
As a kid, summer was my favorite season (probably because I didn’t have to go to school). Now that I’m older, however, I find myself looking forward to fall, and it’s not just because I can comfortably wear jeans and sweaters. I think it started when I discovered the truth about leaves.
Did you know… leaves don’t actually change colors in the fall? The color is already in the leaves. What really happens is they lose the green, revealing their true identity. I probably learned about that in elementary school, but it didn’t impact me until a visiting pastor used it in a sermon. His point?
God put something unique and beautiful inside each one of us, but it’s often hidden behind bad habits, unrepented sins, and generational strongholds that bring out our worst instead of our best.
The good news?
God’s already made a way for us to get rid of the garbage! When we turn to him—when we trust in Jesus and pursue holy, biblical lives—those things begin to disappear. Then our true colors can emerge!
That’s not the only lesson we can learn from autumn’s leaves, though. Check out the timing and shades of the leaves. Some trees change colors early; others hold on until late in the fall. Red, orange, and yellow leaves fill the trees, but the patterns and shades vary from one leaf to the next.
It may take you longer to work through an issue than it took someone else, and you may not look like them when you’ve finally worked through it, but that’s okay! Your timing and your shade are your own.
That revelation—that the color is already in the leaf—has given me a new perspective on fall. I’ve grown a lot in my faith since I originally heard that message, but every year I still wonder: what other beautiful thing has God placed in me that he wants to reveal to the world?
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies. You can connect with her at https://www.facebook.com/authorkarinbeery/
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