A Season to Shine



For a long time, I thought sumac was an ugly plant. Nothing about it impressed me.  All it did was blend in with other weeds. But that was before I realized it was the source of the flaming reds and oranges I saw transforming the roadside in the fall. 

Now when autumn rolls around, I’m on the lookout for sumac. And once again, I haven’t been disappointed. I wish you could have seen its leaves igniting the roadside on a recent trip. 

While the trees were just beginning to turn, the sumac was already glorious, especially where the sun was shining. Autumn is truly its season to shine.

Have you ever felt like sumac in summer? Nondescript. Unimpressive. Unimportant. Just filling space. 
I have. 

The Enemy of our Soul wants us to think we’re no more important to our Maker’s plan than that common green sumac was to me. 

But the truth is, God created each of us to play a part in His Kingdom. The time will come when He’ll invite us to come into our season

Unlike the sumac, we have a choice. I hope we’ll say yes, so we can shine—not for our glory, but for His.


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

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