The smell in the air, the crisp cold air, just chilly enough to wear a nice sweater and just nice enough not to have to put on a thousand layers of clothing; the smell and taste of everything pumpkin; the pumpkin and apple picking; the hayrides, hot chocolate by the fire pit or just cuddling up with the family in front of the fireplace. Those are just a few of the things I love about autumn.
But what I love the most is the changing of color of the leaves. What a spectacular sight. What an amazing array of orange, brown, yellow, purple and red. To take a drive and just marvel at the splendor of nature, the rows and rows of colorful trees and then it hits you…..even the trees talk to us about life and change.
Have you even wondered why leaves change color? As I was reading to find out a little bit more about the “why” a leaf changes I came across an article that gave me a little more insight. I’ll make it short and sweet by paraphrasing. Basically what happens is during the spring and summer seasons the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch. As fall approaches leaves get less light each day and stop making food to prepare for the winter. The chlorophyll (green color) fades and other colors in the leaves begin to show.
So as I’m looking at beautiful pictures on my Facebook feed of trees and all the vibrant colors I started to think. Wow, we are just like these leaves. There are so many of us….humankind; so many different races, cultures, beliefs, personalities, etc. And isn’t that a beautiful thing? I mean can you picture a world where we all looked, talked and acted the same….BORING!
Then it hit my spirit a little more one on one. The same way the leaves change colors then fall off to prepare for the winter, we must also change (or desire to change) and allow the layers to peel/fall off to enter/prepare for a new season in our life.”
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
Why do we fear change?
Why do we fear to be different? To stand out?
Why do we fear to be broken?
If there is a time and a season for everything then we must accept that we must go through our change. It may not be as pretty or picturesque as the colors of the leaves but….there comes a point where we must allow change, death (spiritual, emotional from something or someone who has been holding you hostage, who has kept you down, who hasn’t allowed you to grow) and then rebirth to happen if we plan to be alive and ready for the next season.
As much as I love the colors on the trees in the fall, it made me realize one thing. The only reason the leaves change color is because they are LACKING warmth and sunlight. The leaves are dying and will soon fall off. And once they fall off we are left with a mess of leaves that clutter drains, can make for a slippery ride and if not cleaned up start rotting.
Many of us are lacking in many areas of our lives and are in need of the warmth and sunlight of our Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are allowing life’s problems, society’s views and the enemy to take our warmth and sunlight and in the processes suffocating us to then die a spiritual death, and sadly for some people a physical one. We are a mess!
Change is good but getting there can be such a hard experience. You will be confronted with a lot of things. It is not always easy. But it is so necessary!! In change there is growth, there is beauty and there is a promotion into the next season of your life. Don’t be afraid to get completely naked in front of God, to be completely transparent. Let the Lord work in you from the inside out. Allow him to heal and restore you. Because when your “Spring” comes, you’ll be one of the most beautiful leaves on the tree that was considered “dead” but in actuality was just going through its CHANGE (process) to be ready for the next season.
I will always love the fall season and the colors will always mesmerize me but now I have a completely different outlook and respect for the lesson of the colorful leaf.
Written by Yvette Silva
Why Leaves Change Color…as featured on weather.com