A Blanket Of Leaves

November 5, 2012
by Jackie Blanchard

Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. (NCV)

Yesterday was a glorious fall day. It was the kind of day that invigorated one's senses, a day that caused one to marvel at God's handiwork. The maple tree on our front lawn stood like a torch, its mighty flame of vibrant, orange leaves flickering against the backdrop of a perfect sky-blue canvas. I ran outside, camera in hand, and aimed its lens up through the leaves towards the sky hoping to capture some of this majesty for future reference. Today, that same tree braves the cool, wet, unsettled weather under an ominous grey sky, its wilted leaves clinging to strikingly bare branches. Our once-green lawn is now completely hidden under a thick blanket of colourful autumn leaves. What a difference a day makes!

Life is like that, isn't it? There are times in life when things are going so well. We feel like we're on top of the world, and we can't imagine life being any better. Brimming with confidence and joy, we stand tall, ready to take on the world. And then, almost before we know what's happened, it seems like things couldn't get any worse. Our spirit sags, our shoulders slump, and just hoping to survive it, we grumble our way through our day. The good old days quickly become hazy memories amid our current dark and mired existence. What a difference a day makes!

Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV)

Thankfully, there is a place where we can take refuge when we are weary, worn, and depleted. We can turn to God's Word and read His promises. We can seek refuge in God's truth. We can call on Him. Just as my front lawn was completely hidden under the thick blanket of leaves, Scripture tells us that He will cover us and shelter us with His wings of love. My photo of the vibrant orange leaves set against the perfect blue sky will rekindle my memory of that glorious day. Thinking about all of those times when God answered our prayers with a "yes" and "Amen" is a faith-building exercise. So let's build our spiritual muscles by reading and speaking the Word of God!

Prayer: Loving heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word. Thank You for providing a safe place of refuge for us. When life overwhelms us, cover us with Your wings of love, and shield us from all the attacks of the enemy. Comfort those who need Your touch today, Lord. Thank You for using autumn to remind us of Your majesty and Your abounding love for us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Jackie Blanchard <jackie.blanchard@hotmail.ca>
London, Ontario, Canada

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