Today the weather was decent, actually it was pretty good, so I put on a light jacket, grabbed my work gloves and push broom stepped outside. We have a tulip tree on our property and it has been busy letting go of its fall colours by scattering its leaves wherever it can.
Every couple of days, when it isn't pouring rain, I have been going out and spending 10 or 15 minutes sweeping up the leaves that have fallen on the driveway. I haven't even started on the leaves on the grass yet, I guess I'm procrastinating on that job.
So, while I was out today, loading up our green waste garbage can with a load of slightly soggy leaves, it struck me how heavy these leaves are when they are all together. One leaf doesn't weigh much at all, but if you gather a can full, you are going to notice it if you try and pick it up.
It started me thinking about how strong trees are. I looked up at our tree, which still has a fair number of leaves yet, and marveled at how it stands so straight and strong. Even when the branches are heavy laden with spring blossoms. Even when the gusty winds blow. Even when the frost or ice or snow come, the tree does not break. It may bend, but with roots grabbing hold far beneath the surface of the earth, it stands its ground, limbs raised as if in praise to God Himself.
It reminded me of how the Bible compares those who trust in Him to a tree planted by a stream.
Jeremiah 17: 7,8 Blessed is the man who trust in the LORD, whose trust is in the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
When we trust in Him, He provides all our needs and causes us to flourish. We do not need to fear or lose hope when the winds of adversity blow. He is always faithful. He is our strength and he will uphold us through all things.
So, my prayer today, for all my family and friends, and for those of you reading these words is that we, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, may be like these trees; strong, unwavering, fulfilling our purpose, arms upraised to the One who created us. To Him be all the glory, forever, Amen.