We were out for a walk the other day. The weather was perfect – sunny skies, warm breeze, fall cool crisp. I had my camera and couldn’t wait to capture the beauty and colors. I got set up as I continued to admire the golds, greys and greens … “spectacular,” I thought to myself. After snapping what I thought was perfect, I checked the back of my digital screen to examine the results. Though the image looked nice, it wasn’t as *amazing* as what my eyes were seeing. Usually, it never is, but I darn well do my best in trying to reproduce what I see.
But the colors in front of me seemed near impossible to emulate into my replicated, still image. Where I live (where the Rocky Mountain Foothills meet the Prairies) most leaves turn to yellow, and the odd tree may have red leaves. Grey overtakes the landscape as the grass turns grey and the fallen leaves reveal tree trunks that seemed to get lost in the composition. The gold jumping out to the naked eye looks only like a simple yellow leaf with brown dots. The sharp contrasts of colors – blue blue sky to the monochromatic palette – don’t seem to pop as easy.
I feel sometimes life can look like that. Different seasons, with different lights shining on and exposing certain areas … not everything about me looking exact, complete and orderly all the time. Though those attributes about me still exist, there are specific times of the year that my personality/character colors can’t be captured on film as showpieces to be shared with others.
Right now, this is my season. A time where I feel some of my strengths are being stripped down, and now exposed with my leaves all fallen off. It maybe pretty in it’s own way, but not ready to be photographed by others. A time where my colorful palette is awaiting the debut time for when the Creator will fill my barrenness with a new vibrancy and gravitated qualities for me to share.
For now, it can’t matter how others see me … I know that God sees me as His creation ready to be photographed. For in my exposed state, He still finds me beautiful, worth showing.