standing out

Ahh, the color of summer!  Over, under, and all around. Lawns blend into foliage into bushes into trees to make a solid canopy of green. 

How things change when fall comes! A sapling you may not have noticed becomes flaming orange – and suddenly sets itself apart. 

The tips – and then the whole – of a burning bush lights up fiery red. 

A small tree shouts, “Look at me!” with bright yellow leaves, after a summer of merely filling in the space. 

Even the shades of tan and chestnut brown distinguish themselves this time of year. 

Yesterday my daughter posted this on Instagram:  “It’s a dreary, rainy Monday, but beautiful, glorious fall has arrived outside the family room window.”

Stand up and take notice!  True colors are shining through!

What happens to make each individual one of these trees become so much more than “one of the masses”? 

Is it the summer of growth experiences, the challenge of colder weather, the encouragement of the warm sun?

What makes each one of us as individuals step out and shine with our own special glow? 

Is it our own growth experiences, our challenges, and warm encouragement from others?

That could well be. We all need the chance to show the world our true selves. 

I see God’s hand in all of these wonders as well. 

7 thoughts on “standing out

  1. newtreemom says:

    Lovely slice, with much to ponder…and just the right tone to encourage us to do just that.

  2. areneewallis says:

    Lovely piece! I love the contrast of summer and fall. Although I love both, I love the transition between the two, and you caught that. 🙂

  3. agurney2015 says:

    I love that you slowed down and wrote your feelings and descriptions for the changing season. Even without your pictures, I could perfectly picture your setting.

  4. Donna Smith says:

    Fall and its wonders captured beautifully!

  5. Linda Baie says:

    Beautiful. I posted still another picture of the trees surrounding me on FB yesterday-can’t stop looking! Love that you applied the change and beauty to people!

  6. Judy C. says:

    On such a gloomy day, your slice brings much brightness and lots to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Leigh Anne says:

    As much as I love summer, fall is still my favorite. Your pictures are just the reason why! Lovely!

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