fall – tumble, drop, collapse, cascade, sink, decrease, reduce, come down, descend, plummet
While driving home yesterday (on the same route I take every day), I noticed something markedly different. What captured my attention? The gentle but steady rain coming down? No. The lulling classical music I listen to during my commute to keep me patient in the midst of innumerable inconsiderate drivers? Nope, I didn’t have the radio on; my only accompaniment was the symphony bubbling in my heart. Well, what then? I was acutely aware of the fall leaves wafting in the wind. When a big gust blew, they came down in a swirling torrent of golden color as my car plodded on to pick up the children from afterschool care. I smiled as I took it all in and was overwhelmed by the goodness of the God Who created this beautiful splendor.
Mind you, I love to watch leaves fall – really. Especially when I’m sitting in front of a window or on the porch watching a tree in my yard. Maybe for you, that’s just a boring step above watching paint dry or grass grow, but for me, it’s very calming, soothing, and relaxing. In those pensive moments of solitude, I’m reminded that I should just let go and trust God – always, no matter what. As we approach this season of thanksgiving (and giving thanks for the greatest Gift ever!), what meditative and contemplative activities will you take time for? Indulge me as I go out on a limb (pun intended!) and take a bit of literary liberty to personify the thoughts of the lowly leaves…
9 Lessons from the Leaves
- Leaves let go when it’s time and take the plunge – they don’t try to cling to past or the old season because it’s comfortable, familiar, or predictable. Wheeee!
- Leaves aren’t afraid to get low – they’re willing to humble themselves and come down to another level, even if they were previously soaring many feet above the ground.
- Leaves aren’t troubled about where they’ll land – they float, soar, glide, and drift along unrestrained, uninhibited, and with careless abandon in whatever direction the wind carries them. In the same way, shouldn’t we trust God to lead, guide, and direct our paths?
- Leaves don’t worry about how they look or the fact that they’re changing – they know they’re supposed to look different than they did a few weeks ago…it’s called progress, growth, and maturity.
- Leaves don’t concern themselves with other leaves are doing – they’re focused on doing what they’re supposed to do, regardless of what it looks like others may (or may not) be doing.
- Leaves aren’t anxious about self-preservation, but they’re motivated by purpose – they know the cycle will start all over again; after a period of dormancy, more of their kind will spring forth.
- Leaves always have a smooth landing – they don’t try to fight gravity or the fact that they’re supposed to fall in this season; it’s part of their process.
- Leaves take the change of seasons in stride – they’re not in a rush to get it over with, but neither are they apprehensive or trying to avoid the inevitable, impending changes. They appreciate each moment for what it is.
- Leaves know that change is part of their makeup – they’re created to change – not stay the same; it’s built into their structure, so they embrace it.
Let me leave (another pun intended!) you with these parting thoughts:
I challenge you to take a few lessons from the leaves…perhaps it will influence how you manage the season you’re in. After all, the Lord of the harvest has a plan for your life…trust Him to bring it to pass as you walk in obedience to His Word, His way, and His will.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
(I Peter 5:6-7)
© Copyright 2011 by Kayren J. Cathcart