I love living in Kentucky where each fall the leaves change to their autumn apparel. Every year, the summer season comes to an end, and crisp autumn days come upon us. Temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and vibrant colors quickly spread across the mountains and valleys as trees prepare for long nights and frosty temperatures. The striking colors range from yellow to orange, hot pink to scarlet red, and even purple hues. By God’s design, color pigments found in leaves differ among plant species and vary from year to year. It’s a new extravaganza each fall.
As summer fades into fall, the days start getting shorter and there is less sunlight. This is a signal for the leaves to prepare for winter and to stop making chlorophyll. The process of abscission takes place whereby the leaves naturally begin to separate from trees at a separation layer of specialized cells. The leaves change color and soon fall to the ground.
In the natural order of living things, there is birth, maturation, growing old, and then passing away. We see this progression across God’s creation – including human beings. First, there is the blush of the newly born, followed by the energetic and vibrant days of youth. Next, the warm tones of maturity in the summer of life follow. The autumn of man’s sojourn of life comes bringing the harbinger of the end. If a person chooses to live in harmony with God’s plan, then experience, wisdom, and accomplishments paint that life with beautiful multi-colored hues of God’s blessings.
The final chapter of life for God’s children is full of hope and anticipation. Like the leaves in the fall of the year, we will fall away from this physical life, but that is not the end. God’s word tell us, “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11).
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51, NKJV)
~ Brother Roy