Fall comes and so does the work of getting everything finish before winter. Racking leaves can be a big job. There are those who use mowers and just chop them up, but here the racking is done by hand.
It was a beautiful fall morning, 70 degrees, warm sun, no wind and just the right kind of day to be outside. There is lots to do this time of year. The leaves are falling almost faster then you can rake them up. Depending on how many trees you have in your lawn, depends on how many leaves you are going to have to rake. As I began to rake it looked like an all day job. A big rake and moving quickly, in no time there are big piles of leaves.
The same with our lives we have big jobs to do for the Lord. It may seem like we will never get it done, but if we get right to it, then it will not take long and its done. There are some cards or letters you need to send to sick ones or shut-ins. You just cannot get started writing, but once you make up your mind to do it and get going, in no time at all you are done. The list goes on and on with things we have a tendency to put off. Things we need to do for the Lord, but just never get to it. Just like the leaves it needs to be done so just go do it.
It was enjoyable raking on such a beautiful day. I had raked the leaves the day before but now the ground was covered again. Another day of piling up the leaves. That is kind of like our Bible reading and prayer we cannot just do it one day and think it will last us for a week or so. We need it every day and all day long. The leaves needed raking every time they cover the ground. Just as we need filled up from God daily with His Word and talking to Him in prayer. In II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” KJV How else are we going to learn and grow in the Lord if we do not study it? Like raking leaves it isn’t easy, neither is studying God’s Word going to be easy, but it needs to be done. If I want the leaves raked I have to do it, if I want what God has for me I have to get into His Word and study.
When I was raking the leaves, there were others falling from the tree all around me. This made for a beautiful picture. Made me think of God’s blessings falling on us all the time, do we even take time to say thank you? Psalms 34:1a says, “I will bless the Lord at all times:”KJV Think of standing under a tree, with leaves falling all around. Now think of each one of those leaves being a blessing from God. Wow! Just look at all the blessings coming down on you. We better start saying Thank You; don’t you think?
When you think of fall, a beautiful time of the year; think of all the blessings you have and how many more you could have if you spent more time in His Word and in prayer talking to Him. Even one leaf can have great beauty and you are more important to God than a leaf.