Why do leaves change colors?

Photo by Tamara L. Chilver

Here is a photo from a recent road trip with my family. I appreciate the fall season so much up north since we hardly get an opportunity to view the leaves changing colors in south Florida. I find God's creation absolutely breath-taking.

A few years ago I had learned something fascinating about the vibrant colors of fall leaves. Did you know those beautiful, bright colors are the true colors of the leaves? The green chlorophyll covers up the colors of the leaves in the summer months. During autumn, the days get shorter and the trees begin to get ready for the winter when there will not be enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest and live off of the food they stored during the summer. When the trees stop making food, the green chlorophyll will disappear from their leaves. As the green color fades away, the leaves' true colors will appear. This also explains why the leaves do not change colors in warm areas.

This marvelous act of nature reminds me of scripture. No matter how good we are at covering up and hiding our flaws and sins from others, God always sees directly into our hearts where our true colors are revealed.

But everything can be tested by the light and thus be shown in its true colors.
Ephesians 5:13

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

Happy fall precious friends,