As I glance out the window, the trees with all their brilliant colors catch my eye. It reminds me of God's faithfulness, how every Autumn, without fail the leaves begin their change. How every morning when I wake up the sun will be there to greet me and when night falls around me the moonlight is there to lull me to sleep. God, You are faithful and consistent, never failing.
As I think more on the leaves I am reminded about the cycle of life and it strikes me how it is actually the “old” leaves that are filled with color. The leaves that are dying are dressed in the greatest splendor, how the closer to death they are- the closer to death we are- the more beautiful they-we- become. The closer we draw to death the more we let go- allowing the splendor of our King to shine through in us, in radiant colors.
Or maybe it is death to our old sinful nature, the more we allow it to die the more Christ-like we become. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!" Maybe my old nature is like the green of the leaves, full of life...but life that seems to be self reliant. The tree itself seems to be providing all that the leaves need to sustain themselves. But the more I realize that it is Christ who must be my life giver, the more I surrender to His will, and the more He shines through me, like the beauty of the Autumn leaves.
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