Last week I saw a young sage plant that had turned over its green leaves to show their silvery-white and purple undersides. The eye-catching contrast of the green, silver and purple reminded me of a Starburst bush (a.k.a. Clerodendrum) that displays dark green leaves with purple undersides. 

I felt ashamed when I saw how lovely this plant made itself in that parts that are seen as well as the parts that are unseen.  It even turned over its leaves, having no shame in revealing all of itself to the world. I prefer to keep my undersides hidden; that is, my less desirable personality traits and the things I’ve done when no one is watching. I’m not so beautiful underneath the colorful outward persona.

Thankfully, heaven loves us inside, outside, and underside.  In heaven everything about me is revealed, but not to embarrass me.  My ugly parts are revealed to show how heaven heals them and makes them beautiful. Like the Starburst and the sage, we won’t be ashamed to turn over our leaves in heaven and show everyone our undersides.

About Mark Reed

Mark Reed is a speaker, teacher and author of several books like Rehearsing for Heaven and Redeeming the Thummim.
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One Response to Undersides

  1. Ray says:

    Thanks, Mark. Appreciate your book. Great insight on heaven.

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