THE FALLEN ORANGE…
While roaming along the beautiful WV countryside, life was quiet. Life was still. Autumn had arrived but had not reached its’ peak. Golden orange hues were randomly placed with tints of green in between. Gusts of wind scattered the brown, lifeless leaves across the roadside. Nature, which was gradually fading, falling and being swallowed up by the enemy cold somehow painted a life-giving mural against the sky. As a single orange leaf overhead fell to the ground, my eyes followed. Landing in the water, its existence displayed a new beauty. Although its life on the tree was only for a season, its purpose was served. Its luster orange will soon turn brown and will only be a moment of the past.
Nature’s mural reminds me of the life-giving colors within each of us and how we can sometimes focus on the negative without seeing the purpose to the seasons of change. There can be beauty in the fallen orange. There can even be beauty in the lifeless browns.
As artists, Van Gogh and Monet used dark, lifeless colors as well as the bright, vivid strokes. Their palette of various colors, when used together, gave a striking contrast to the masterpiece.
Maybe God’s palette is the same. He allows the dark blue, drab gray, dull browns and even the black hues to brush against our life’s canvas to contrast with the richer colors. He is the Artist of all artists. As with the fallen orange, there is a purpose for every disappointment, every dark shadow and every tear drop that falls. Through the grace of God, our lives become the complete masterpiece with the mix of colors…good and bad…to become the person He created us to be.
As the single orange leaf overhead fell to the ground, my eyes followed.
Landing in the water, its existence displayed a new beauty. Its purpose was served.
Is it difficult for you to find purpose in the fallen orange or do you see the palette of many colors creating life’s masterpiece?
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