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Metaphors: Leaves

November 20, 2010

This time of year I get some exercise raking and bagging the leaves from two very full maple trees in our backyard. This process can be energizing: good exercise/time outdoors/fresh air/talking with neighbors who are around. But it can also be a little frustrating: after raking about 200lbs of leaves last week and marveling at the nice clear space I had created…within two hours the ground was pretty much covered again. Nobody was around to see all the work I had done (unless they saw all the bags of leaves hidden away next to the house, waiting for pick up).

Perhaps there’s a lesson for life and ministry in this annual process with the leaves. Progress is made one day. But we may have to do it all over again the next. Patience is key, as is the ability to keep in mind the big picture. This can be a formative experience. Lord grant me the patience to do what I can. But also the willingness to rest in You, knowing that it’s not my mission (nor the Church’s mission) I am participating in, but Yours, by your power and because of your love and grace.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

One Comment
  1. November 21, 2010 12:03 pm

    Amen, Chris! Good words to remember.

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