Taken while at the John 17:23 Pastor’s Retreat at Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge NH.

There is something special about fall in New England. I love the fact that this season means apple everything (cider donuts, apple crisp, apple pie 😋). For some, it might be pumpkin everything (I’ll stick with the apples, thank you). But the thing that amazes me the most is when the leaves change before winter.

Look at this picture, all of the vibrant colors, and the blending of so many different colors that work together to form a visual masterpiece. It always amazes me that people can look at the intricacies of God’s creation, the order and structure that is seen, and think that this all came from random chaos.

Each tree is different. Some are large, and some are small. Some are green, orange, red, and so many different shades of colors. They have different leaves (or needles). Different color bark. Yet they all blend together to make something beautiful.

Yet they all blend together to make something beautiful.

I love to see the changing colors, but it seems even more beautiful when you can see the trees in all their beauty reflecting off of the water. It tends to stop me in its tracks and brings me to a place of awe and reverence as I see what God has done.

The reflection is almost as beautiful. Sometimes the water moves and things get distorted a bit, but when the calm comes, you almost can’t tell the difference.

Isn’t it the same thing for multiethnic ministry?

God has made each and every one of us different and unique. We all look different, and we have different gifts. But when we set aside our differences and work together, it is a thing of beauty (much like this picture of the leaves changing).

Our goal in ministry should be to look like this picture, with all of God’s beauty reflecting off of us. For those who don’t know God, and can’t seem to see Him, the hope should be that they will look at us and see a reflection of Him, and desire to see ther original.

And may we reflect the diversity that He created, so that He can use us to reveal Himself to those around us. In Jesus’ mighty name…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: