Do you ever feel like you are drifting through life, being blown along at a pace you did not choose? Or have you found a path you like but find it hard to stay focused? Do you plan ahead only to have circumstances thwart your plans? Have you ever looked at leaves and thought of parallels with your life?
Take a Look at the Leaves
I look at the autumn leaves falling, drifting along with the wind, seemingly without a care in the world. They have lived their lives on the trees and now it’s time to let go. Eventually they hit the ground, but before that they dance on the breeze as they drift merrily through the air.
The leaves are beautiful as they start out as green buds in the spring and continue to grow to full size. They clothe the bare trees in finery.
Time passes and they begin to change color but not all the same. There are reds, yellows, oranges, browns and some hold on to the green for a long time. Finally, they fall to the ground, but the beauty doesn’t end there.
For a time a colorful carpet covers ground that crunches as you walk along. The air is cooler and we are refreshed when we spend time outdoors.
At each stage the leaves have a job to do and fulfill it masterfully. They don’t have to think about what they do. God has already set them in place with a life cycle perfect for them.
Drifting but not Aimlessly
What about me? Could God have already set my life’s purpose in place? And could that purpose include the interruptions and struggles I have faced?
Has God set me here in the place I am, because this is where I can make a difference and also continue learning?
My life may sometimes seem like it is drifting along in paths not of my choosing. I could fight it and try to go in a different direction like Jonah did, but ultimately I always end up back on the path chosen for me. God’s purposes are always fulfilled.
Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
Leaves as Examples
Leaves drink in the rain, soak up the sun, then reflect the light, shimmering as they dance on the breeze. When the storms rage, the leaves hold fast to the branch. The branch connects to the tree with strong roots in the ground.
I want to drink the living water that Jesus gives through His Spirit. It’s like what He told the woman at the well.
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
I want to soak up God’s word. Then, like the leaves shimmer in the breeze, may I reflect the Light of Christ through my life.
When the storms of life come I can stand firm, because I am rooted in Christ. He has promised never to leave or forsake.
Even when my life comes to an end, I am still fulfilling His purpose. He knows me better than I know myself and I am safe in His hands. When I pass through death I am still with Him and will be forever.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
God, how precious your thoughts are to me;
how vast their sum is! If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
when I wake up, I am still with you.