The branches on the trees, while retaining their basic structure, had a transparent covering that allowed the observer to see the branches as they were. Sometimes people will cover plants with blankets or such to protect them from frozen perciptation. When this happens, the observer sees the covering, rather than the plant.
In many ways, our lives are like trees. Among other things, we grow, are dependent on our root system, spread our branches and produce fruit. And just like the freezing rain was covering the branches I observed, we too cover ourselves.
Oftentimes we cover ourselves with things, dressings and costumes, that draw the attention of those who observe us or divert the attention away from us.
Remember: what is on the inside affects what is on the outside, and what is on the outside affects only the perception of what is on the inside.
Allow me to make two statements: Our covering declares what we are. Our character defines who we are.
What do you cover yourself with? What do you put on and wear that identifies what you are?
Allow your covering to be transparent so as to allow your character to be seen. That is who you really are.