Fall ... the time when (in places other than Florida!) nature dons flamboyant garb as God paints His world with vibrant colors. Lush, supple leaves in shades of green gradually change color until the green is just a memory, replaced by vivid red, yellow and orange.
But where do the fall colors come from? What causes the bright transformation each year?
Actually, those other colors were there the whole time.
Remember middle school science class? Chlorophyll in the leaves creates the green color. Other chemicals, such as carotene, create orange, yellow and red pigments. The other colors are always there. But the work of the chlorophyll overpowers those chemicals and conceals the additional hues.
Shorter days and cooler temperatures cause the chlorophyll in the leaves to break down. Since the chlorophyll is responsible for the green color, as it breaks down, the other pigments are free to strut their stuff.
Of course, you know there's a spiritual application in all this, don't you?
Life can be moving along, fresh and lush. Good things are happening, and you're growing in the warmth of the sun. And then suddenly, there's a chill in the air as tragedy strikes.
You lose your job.
The bank is about to foreclose.
Your husband wants a divorce.
The prognosis is terminal.
And you and I have a choice.
- We can curl up in a corner and surrender to defeat. Or we can allow the cold circumstances to reveal strength we never knew was there as we depend on God for His upholding.
- Instead of being overpowered by a situation that would conquer most people, we can stand firm in the power of our heavenly Father.
- We can become bitter because life didn't turn out the way we wanted. Or we can grow in the grace of the Holy Spirit as we follow His leading.
- We can resent our losses. Or we can trust the Lord for what He will give us in their place.
Our choice will determine the colors that shine through our life.
Will you and I allow disappointment to be His appointment?
Will we allow God to turn our messes into messages?
Our tests into a testimony?
And our trials into triumphs?
Sometimes green is just for a season. But there's a season for reds, oranges and yellows, too. And even when those vibrant colors turn brown and it feels like there's no coming back...
Fall follows summer.
Winter follows fall.
And spring follows winter.
And with spring comes tender shoots with lush green leaves—again.
What season are you in?
Which colors are you displaying?
Ava Pennington is a writer, speaker and Bible teacher. She writes for nationally circulated magazines and is published in 32 anthologies, including 25 "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. She also authored Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, endorsed by Kay Arthur. Learn more at AvaWrites.com.
This article originally appeared at avawrites.com.
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