This weekend I visited the Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg, TN area for the first time. The bouquet of color on the mountainside was beautiful. One of my favorite sights in the Fall is watching how the sunlight will hit a certain area or a specific clump of trees. I am mesmerized by the colors that jump out. The light brings their vibrant colors to life.
It’s almost as if creation plays a part in God’s symphony of color. Each section waits its turn. The curtain slowly goes up, and the spotlight is flipped on. It’s their turn to shine brightly.
Yesterday afternoon, after returning home, I was driving up the road and watched again as the light just before sunset hit the trees along my journey. It was gorgeous.
As I drove and thought about how beautiful this time of year is, I happened to see these words written on the marquee outside a local church:
Autumn leaves– Jesus doesn’t
I smiled. I love the different meaning of the word leaves in that statement. Leaves (and their changing colors) make me happy. But the thought of this season leaving kind of makes me sad. Yet, I like the reminder and the hope in knowing that Jesus doesn’t ever leave us. The Son’s light is always with us. It’s always pursuing us. It’s always shining on us and through us. We were created by Him. He delights in us. Because of Him, we can add beautiful colors and joy to the world around us.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the tendency and desire us humans have to shine brightly for the wrong reasons and the wrong motives.
I read a section in Jeremiah 9 this morning and it really puts into words what our shining goals should be:
This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
or the powerful boast in their power,
or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken! (23-24)
When God’s light showcases our beauty this week…let the spotlight point back to Him.
Have you been enjoying the sunlight on the leaves this year?