Carloads crowd mountain highways each Autumn with one goal: gaze at the beautiful array of colors. It wasn’t until I was working on my teaching degree that I understood the reason for this seemingly miraculous event.
For trees that lose their leaves, the green color indicates the presence of chlorophyll. The leaves make food for the tree. As temperatures and humidity levels change, trees begin to prepare for winter. Chlorophyll drains out of each leaf through the stem and down the trunk. The color that we see is what remains.
In many ways, we are called to be like leaves: working, giving, thriving. However, to truly become part of God’s glory, we must die to ourselves. If we allow God to use us, our lives can be part of a larger picture. And as we surrender, our beauty is revealed.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35 NIV)