The South Shore of Lake Superior has many hidden waterfalls much like this one tucked away in secret places that seldom draw much attention.
On this warm October afternoon the forest air was saturated with the sweet smell of cedar clinging to the moist air near the waterfall. Sunshine filtered through the trees making the leaves glow against the rumbling water. It was a rare moment, and one that makes you think about the God who composed such art, for such a time as this.
With the shorter days of Autumn the green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves and as the green color fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can't see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.
It always amazes me how the most beautiful leaf colors are saved until last, just before they die and fall off the tree. I'm reminded that it's a cycle of life that God instituted and in fact the leaves become fertilizer for new growth, the tree will grow new leaves come springtime and the cycle will begin again.
Much like the waterfall in the background, the water will flow into Lake Superior, evaporate and fall as rain some day and the cycle will continue.
The cycles of nature reflect God's promise of eternal life in a glorious heaven with an everlasting loving God. What a joy to have His natural world point that out in everything around us.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (Ecclesiastes 3)