This is one of my favorite times of the year. The air is cool and crisp. I don’t know about you, but I feel like getting out and doing more things. I sense my energy is coming back after it took a vacation during the hot days of summer. Having the energy is a good thing because fall brings on a constant borage of leaves everywhere…and raking.
Recently, when I was taking a break from sweeping the leaves off the deck, I began to ponder their colors and the cycle they had been through to this point. When the leaves first came on the scene in the spring, they were a lush green and full of life. Now the leaves sported bright reds, glowing yellows, and radiant oranges as their attire. This display of beauty, I believe, is the leaves best work before their final resting place on the ground.
Unexpectedly, I felt my attention being drawn to the pile of brown leaves that I had raked to the corner of my backyard. My curiosity peaked so I questioned the Lord.
“Lord, why do all the leaves eventually turn brown? Why don’t they retain their color after falling to the ground?”
He responded with this, “Brown is the color which symbolizes humility. After a season of glory, everything has to come back to the place of humility. That is the way I keep things in perspective. That is how I help ‘you’ from losing your perspective. “
What does it mean to be humble? Humility is acknowledging that I am totally dependent on God for everything. It is God who sustains me and brings me to and through all situations whether I recognize Him at work or not.
While I am out there following my God-given directives, my focus can so easily be twisted from working ‘with’ God to working ‘for God’. The difference between the two is that working ‘with’ God, I seek for and strive to walk in godly wisdom. Working ‘for’ God, I tend to do what I think is best. My decisions become centered on my human reasoning. The result of my change of focus may not show up right away. Eventually, I do have to face the issue of pride, which is humility’s adversary.
The best way I have found to handle pride is at the foot of the cross. God is always willing and ready to support you with abundant grace and a renewed focus on Him. Humility will not be able to rise again until I deal with the issue of my pride. Once I have regained my focus on God, I will ready to bloom again.
Where are you in your walk? Are you walking with God or for God? If pride has sidetracked you, don’t worry. God is there to help you find you way back. It will take some time before the throne of Grace and a willingness to seek godly counsel. But when you are ready to stand, you will have been refreshed and refocused to serve our Savior again.