Transparency. Photo by Cindy Kramer

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me, ” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
Genesis 16:13

This image is stunning. It takes my breath away and fills my mind with words. I peer closely at this fragile shell of a leaf. Once vibrant in color, firmly grasping the branch, creating a hiding place for the birds who chitter and chirp in rapid conversation. Now merely a skeleton of what it once was. How often do I feel like an empty shell? Once vibrant and useful, now stripped bare, the core of who I am revealed.

The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Proverbs 20:27

“Transparency” was the first word that came to mind as I looked at this photo. In my mind I heard the still small voice. “This is vulnerable. This is raw. This is the inside, all pretense, flashy color, and outside appearance removed.” I see depth, beauty and life in this shell, others see a nuisance needing to be swept from the patio. Looking up the word transparent I found the following; easily seen through, recognized, or detected

Leaves are fascinating. Look at the detail, the complex structure, the intricate connections, the solid stem. You and I are much like this leaf. Beautiful, fragile, complex, and intricate. The outside at one point was green and vibrant, now we see what we couldn’t before.

We have been woven together by a great and might God. He knows our internal structure, the intricacies of who we are, how we think, what we feel. He is the one who artistically created each of us uniquely. I love how He takes the simple, a dead leaf, and reveals how He has His fingers in everything, and how everything points back to Him.

He sees my inmost being. He knows how ugly I am under this skin, and yet…to Him I am beautiful. I am wonderfully made. I am unique. I am His and He is mine. Without Him I wouldn’t be. Selah

From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
Psalm 33:13-15

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