The Legacy Of The Leaf

January 19, 2009
by Mary Daniel

Psalm 121:2 – My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (KJV)

In years past, I've pretty well cleared up the leaves that are left on the ground after they have fallen and been blown around.

Three years ago, I was away a great deal, getting in some good Nana time, as I was needed to care for our grandchildren, while also setting the groundwork that goes into building a relationship with them. As we live on an island and our family with grandchildren live on the mainland, it left me coming home only a day-and-a-half a week, in which time I needed to keep up my laundry, housework, and volunteering. So sometimes, the leaves were left.

Now, I know there's considerable controversy over leaving leaves to rot around a plant in a pot. Time was when it was considered good, and we would pick off the dead leaves and let them vegetate, believing that they were giving good nourishment to the plant. Then, it was decided that the rot brought with it disease, promoting fungus and other things which proved to be detrimental for further growth.

Sometimes, I think that God just gives us a hand when we least expect it and can most appreciate it. And such was the legacy of the leaves that drifted down and were left on my plants that fall. For instead of rot and decay, there were beautiful blooms, the like of which hadn't graced my flower box before. I know He had a hand in helping me when I wasn't there to do it myself.

If we can see His hand in something so small, so visual, surely we can believe that He is with us at all times, in all situations, listening to us as we pray, working to answer our prayers as He sees fit — to give to us according to our needs, but not necessarily our wants.

Just as the leaves covering my plants looked dreary and messy, so too, sometimes, do things in our lives. Yet if we trust, if we leave it in His hands, if we believe and follow His lead, though at first it may not look right, just like the beautiful buds which eventually graced my plants, so too, will we find He has guided us along the way.

Prayer: As difficult as it may be for us sometimes, Lord, may we learn to leave it to You, trusting that we will be guided through whatever difficulties we may have, no matter how big or how small. May we know that no matter how messy things may get, You are with us. In Your name we pray and give thanks for this day. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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