The risk of showing beauty

I saw not one, but two albino squirrels as I was on my run this morning. What are the chances of that? 

They were easy to notice. Their bright fur stood out against the kelly green of the grass and the tawny bark of the trees. I paused to watch each of them for a little while. That's what you do when you come across rare beauty in the world. 

As I watched, I pondered an interesting twist of fate. The very thing that makes these squirrels so unique, the attribute that is their best grace to share with the world, is also the most dangerous thing about them.

For anyone to appreciate their distinctiveness, these squirrels have to come out of hiding. And when they do, they don't blend in. In order to share their uncommon gift, they must open themselves up to vulnerability.

I wonder if this is why Jesus told us to not hide our light under a bowl. We each hold gifts that are beautiful and wonderful and can bring so much good that people will praise the Father who created such loveliness.  But showing that light is vulnerable and risky and full of unknowns. 

 May you have the courage to show your beauty in spite of the risk. You hold a stunning light that the world needs to see. 

"Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights the lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation and its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it." -Matthew 5:15-16 (The Voice)

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