Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~~ Albert Camus
We’ve had several opportunities to spend a few days in New England with my husband’s parents in recent years. Truly, New England is simply beautiful! From the sea to the country roads to the idyllic buildings, autumn in New England is exceptional.
The unfortunate part of planning a trip to see the beautiful fall foliage is that, for the most part, it can be unpredictable. You know that sometime in October the leaves will turn. Early? Late? Brilliant display or dull? I suppose if you are accustomed to seeing the color show in all its glory, this can be disappointing, but I the display always amazes me, even if we miss the peak.
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.
We live across the country from my in-laws and only see them a once or twice a year. Even after nearly 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.
You know all those mother-in-law jokes that everyone loves to tell? I’m sorry, but I just can’t laugh at them because I can’t relate — I have been blessed with an incredible mother-in-law! Over the years, she has become even more dear to me. Her true colors are beautiful: 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. 🙂
Which colors will be exaggerated in me as time passes? This question scares the daylights out of me! But it also makes me so 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, bringing me closer to the person He wants me to be each day. And in the end, I do hope He will be pleased with my “color show.”
While soaking in the last of these lovely fall days, “Why Not?” take some time to notice the color show of the people in your life. 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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