The Lesson of Fallen Leaves

When I look out over my yard, all I see are multicolored fallen leaves!  Despairing of having to mow and mulch yet again, I realized that even in fallen leaves, there is a lesson to be learned.

As the leaves swirled in the brilliant early morning sunshine, I marveled at God’s creation and the beauty of the leaves in death.  Yes, it is death that is causing the leaves to change from a healthy green to brightly colored reds and yellows.  This is their last glorious moment.  As I mowed, I thought about life and how fleeting it is…

I thought about the times in life when everything is going well.  Flush with success, we have need of nothing.  Life is good and we prosper.  Nothing can stop us or so we think!

Puffed up with pride and success, we forget that all we have and all we are, come from the hand of God.

Lest we forget ourselves and steal all His glory, He allows a trial or two, hoping to draw us close again.  Instead we oftentimes move further into the terrors of sin and separation.

We must be stripped of our pride, self-sufficiency, and complacency.  It is only when we are stripped as bare as the trees in Autumn that we find that He never left us.

Then our souls are laid bare before Him.  Naked and vulnerable before Him, all pretense is gone.  Bereft and feeling alone, the coldness of our winter comes into our bones.

Finally we come to the end of ourselves.  We fall apart in fear and doubt.  We wonder why God left us.

Then, mindful of how truly needy we are, the spring of life fills us as God extends His hand in mercy and grace with lots of love and forgiveness in response to our repentant hearts.

Seeking Him and His way, we begin to grow again.  Soon new resources and new opportunities will be brought our way, for our Lord is faithful.

Our hearts swell with love and joy for He has saved us again from ourselves, and brought us through our trials.  Let us rejoice and give thanks!

We pray that maybe this time, we will not forget Him.

The dying leaves remind us that we too must die–die to self.  We must always seek the Root, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for life and nourishment.



Linda is an inspirational writer and photographer. Her writing has been published in, Union Gospel Press, Gospel Blog, Frontline, Dollar Stretcher, Discipleship Journal - DJ Plus, At the Center magazine, Simple Joy, Cross & Quill, Hot Cars, and others. Linda's story "Stretched to My Limit" about dealing with dementia was featured in "Stolen Moments" by Elizabeth Bezant. Linda's first non-fiction book was "Homeschooling: The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse." In it, she shares her experience as a homeschooling mom, explaining the basic principles of homeschooling for the beginner. She successfully completed her first fiction novel through Chris Baty's 2006 National Novel Writing Course (NaNoWriMo). Linda also writes inspirational articles on her Words of Encouragement Blog. Enjoy Linda's photos at Words of Encouragement Designs.

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