How do you handle change in your life? As we approach another fall season we watch the leaf beginning to change as the layered pigment of colors blossom from below the surface. Along with the crisp cool days, and drops of dew on the morning grass, comes the changing of the leaf. The leaf slowly begins to change from the hot summer days of vibrant green to a beautiful array of yellow, orange and red. With our days shortened, and our cooler nights of autumn, trigger change. The production of chlorophyll in the leaf declines, and the green color of the leaf fades. Dormancy is around the corner, and then we can always look forward to new life in the Spring.
The changing of the pigment in the leaf is similar to our hair turning gray. As we age or change, we begin to expose the layers underneath the surface. Some of us fight change as if we can stop waves from crashing down. Some of us blame our problems, and anything that goes wrong on others instead of looking at ourselves in a different mirror, and some bury their heads in the sand like the ostrich and pretend everything is just fine.
Change is hard and painful at times. If you let yourself feel the pain instead of fighting it, you will be transformed like the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. If you look inward at your actions and your pigments below the surface, you may find something of more depth like the infinite oceans. It’s not what is exposed on the outside that matters—over time, everything decays. We age, turn gray, wrinkles come, but when we focus on the inside beauty we transform like the colorful leaf, the butterfly, and watch a child turn from a little boy into an adult. True beauty is always on the inside, find it today…
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.