Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~~ Albert Camus
We’ve had several opportunities to spend a few days in beautiful New England with my husband’s parents in recent years. From the sea to the country roads to the idyllic buildings, autumn in New England is exceptional!
We live across the country from my in-laws and only see them a once or twice a year. After 25 years, I still learn something about them each time we are together. They are wonderful, generous people. They have been through some hard stuff and parts of their story could be lifted straight from the pages of history.
Over the years, my mother-in-law has become very dear to me. Her true colors are lovely: patience, understanding, trustworthiness, and as my husband says of her, “the happiest person I know.” Her ability to see the good around her enables her to see the brilliant “color show” in each of us. I want to be a lot like her when I grow up!When time exaggerates my true colors, will God be pleased with my 'color show'? #fall #reflections Click To Tweet
With my face plastered to the window as we drove from state to state on our last visit, I found myself reflecting on this quote from a friend:
Been thinking about how as the leaves lose their chlorophyll, the lushness fades, but the true colors show through. People are like that: as youth fades, their ‘true colors’ – their attitudes about life and other people – become exaggerated. I’m hoping God is pleased with my ‘color show’ when I near the end of this life.” ~~ Julie Pollack
Julie posted this on her Facebook wall several years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it. What will my “color show” be? Based on the way I often react when tired or irritable, I am afraid it may look rather frost-bitten. I don’t want to be that dull, brittle leaf that disappoints.
This thought makes me thankful that life is a journey, not a quick destination. I never know how rough or smooth the path will be that God leads me on. Sometimes I trip over some pretty big rocks and that can be painful, but if I am paying attention, I learn where those rocks are and how to avoid them in the future.
I pray that God will continue to work in me, daily bringing me closer to the person He wants me to be. In the end, I do hope He will be pleased with my “color show.”
Do you currently practice habits that will help ensure your own brilliant “color show?” Please share your thoughts in the comments, because we all want to work toward that brilliant display!
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