Yesterday as I lay down for a nap. God drops in my heart in a brief second an analogy. FALL LEAVES
Notice the colors - Red, yellow, orange, etc. You see fall leaves are made to be full of color and beauty. The colorful leaves represent that they have a good and beautiful life. (Hence the color) Truly displaying beauty. He then showed me a brown leaf. It lacked color. It lacked the good and beautiful life because of issues like anger, hurt, abuse and the past. On a dictionary online page, one of the many definitions of color is an outward appearance or aspect; a guise or show: It was a lie, but it had the color of truth.
To continue: When you hold the brown leaf it crumbles more so than the other leaves. Why? IT LACKED THE BEAUTY OF LIFE. It lost its focus, so to speak. It relates to us because we don't know beauty and life until we focus and receive the beauty God gives us and display it for all to see for His glory.
He has really been speaking... FOCUS to me. FOCUS! Focus on things noble, true, praiseworthy, admirable. When you do that is when you truly have peace. I tried this out this week when what would have been disappointment for me wasn't. As I said in post My Sweet Valentine I had planned on seeing my daddy on Valentine's Day, but the morning I called he was "sick", but instead of feeling rejected I changed my focus and it didn't phase me at all. Simply because I focused on things true, which IS my daddy loves me.
He calls us to a good and beautiful life NOW so I ask you...WHAT KIND OF LEAF ARE YOU?
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 4-9 (Amp).