I clearly remember in pre-school, one of my favorite activities was leaf-collecting. And my goal was always to find as many leaves of different colors, shades of colors, sizes, and design as I could. I loved spreading them out on a table at school, or in my home or on the sidewalk. I loved rubbing crayons over top of paper layered over them and would watch, in awe, as they magically appeared on my paper. It truly mesmerized me. First I would see the outline of the leaves as I slanted my crayon and pressed a bit harder, and then I learned to press a bit lighter to see the details and textures of the inside of the leaves and then down to the stem I would shade until it was done.
I would step back and just giggle with delight.
Sometimes I would cut them out, my Mom would put them between wax paper and we would hang them or turn them into some kind of artwork for display in the house.
I find it interesting that I was so drawn to find as many different leaves as I could. And I am overwhelmed with awe in meditating on the fact that my creator made them all on purpose. Each shape, each color, each shade, every texture, was created by a God who cares about the detail. I saw yellow, orange, purple, green, various shades and I loved, just LOVED, the multi-colored leaves. So much detail.
Can you imagine? That a God who took such time and care to create so many diverse leaves, how much care He took in creating us?
Those leaf collections continued into my adulthood. I would take my boys outside and excitedly show them all of the leaves and of course, as boys do, they were most interested in the ones that looked like Ninja throwing stars, or the largest leaves that could be transformed into gigantic wings. I watched their eyes grow big as they watched the magical rubbing of the leaves and the appearance on the paper. I felt like I was a little girl all over again.
As time goes on, and as we age, sometimes we forget the wonder of the beauty around us and how the same God that created such beauty, also created us.
This may sound silly, but bear with me. I like to imagine my God walking around His creation excitedly, looking to find as many skin tones, hair types/colors, sizes and shades as He can and then I imagine Him laying them all out before Him and thinking to Himself- “Wow, I have created such beautiful beings.”
So you’ve come with me this far in my imagining, let’s take it one step further- what if God had a large piece of paper and did His own “people-rubbing”?
Oh how He would feel as He watched the outline appear, the details, textures of His creation. He would recognize each one! He would remember- “Yes, this one! Right here! This one is SO special! This one- look at the details! Look at her eyes, her nose, her hands, her feet, all created for my glory- and oh how beautiful she is, they are all, so beautiful.”
Maybe, just maybe, God allows the leaves to Fall at our feet, to remind us of His love for us. He is a God who falls in love with his girls. In every season, this is true. This Fall season, may we see the leaves and remember. And I pray that as the world tries to rub up against us, that we would continue to reflect the beauty of the God who created us. That we would show through, just as He intended.