Looking downward isn’t always bad. As a kid, I often found items of interest on the sidewalk or in the gutter. Sometimes it would be a nut, a bolt or screw, a tire valve cap, and sometimes the prized thing for a kid—money. One time, as a 7-year-old I found an expensive gold watch, and received a reward from the owner once she was tracked down. My eyes lit up with that one!
Several weeks ago, when crossing the bridge spanning a community lake, I looked down and that got me looking up. Trees all around displayed glorious autumn colours, for they’d only started dropping their leaves.
However, I noted that on the bank directly by the water, willows and several other deciduous and leaf-dropping varieties were still very green. Hmm, perhaps they were trying hard to be like the evergreen cedars that grow among them.
What do I know about such things? Not much. But I mused about Psalm one and it’s analogy of a person who lives to please the Lord God. He (or she) is “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither . . .” (from Psalm 1:3, NIV).
I paused, as I often do, to look down at the water from the bridge, to see signs of life, enjoy reflections if the lake surface is calm, or to spot someone fishing on the bank. Bypassing the glorious leaf shades further up the bank, I trained my camera onto some of the greenery at water’s edge and a sprinkling of early-fallen leaves that had found their way to the water.
No big deal . . . just a few leaves, and yet I leaned on the bridge for several minutes and thought about them. And now I think about fallen leaves as representing people and as I do, these simple lines form (to the left):
Even now individuals come to mind; people I’ve met over the years. Like fallen leafs, their lives were broken and bedraggled. Some drifted through life aimlessly—others of them aiming, but heading in unhelpful directions. And now today they’re like evergreens, vibrant and alive, like trees planted by the waters, drawing moisture and sustenance that satisfy the thirsting of their souls.
My simple act of looking downward from that bridge raised my gaze to see yet again the glory and grace of Father God in transformed lives, through the Lord Jesus Christ His Son, our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend.~~+~~
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