“You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to set.” Psalm 104:19(NLT)
(Reposted and reworked from Sept. 2013 on dearanonymousfriend, my other blog)
Last evening, after I had arrived at my precious daughter and son-in-law’s home, we took a walk. It was a nice evening for a long walk and we covered a nice area.
We ended up at a park that they hadn’t explored. We played on teeter totters and rocking horse type swings and slides and more swings. There were gales of laughter and giggles (from me… the baby was laughing also). We had a wonderful time.
As we were heading back to the stroller the baby bent down and picked up a leaf. The leaf was starting to turn brown and was at the point of being able to be crunched, if stepped upon. However this leaf was not meant to be crunched at this time. My precious little man picked it up gently, and walked over to another tree and tried to put the leaf back onto the tree.
He looked a bit confused when the leaf refused to be put away, and his Momma explained that leaves fall and that is how it is.
I have thought of this all day long today. First of all, we take for granted leaves on the ground. Some may grumble that they have to be raked up and disposed of. Others know that the leaves have abandoned their posts on the trees in preparation for winter. These leaves are meant to be crunched on as a part of the passage from summer to fall.
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)
But, this leaf was gently picked up and considered.
Then, there was the attempt to put the leaf back onto the tree. It was a precious gesture. The baby knew that leaves belong on trees and therefore, it needed to put back onto the branches where the green leaves were hanging.
This is what I got from watching this. I too often pass situations up, people also. I see them ‘laying on the ground’ and don’t notice them. The situations or people don’t vie for attention. So, they are left to be trodden underfoot and ignored. Quietly suffering alone.
That, in itself, is powerful enough. But, no, my precious 13 1/2 month teacher went on to show me more. How often do we try to put things back into place when the time for them there is over? How many times do we try to keep doing something when the end date is weeks or months ago?
Sometimes it is wiser to let things lie, let them go and move on to a new season of life. This can be difficult, but there are situations where change is not only necessary, but vital.
Today, my lesson was refreshed, look for the things in others and in situations that may need a gentle pick-up, some attention, some prayer.
“ And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)