Thursday, October 4, 2012

Like the Evergreen


'Autumn from the Big House's stoep' photo (c) 2008, Jack Holloway - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
I make the drive several times a week.
Through horse country.
Through farmland and workers with hats dipped low and the sun sinking in my rear-view mirror.
Past barns and rolling hills, large estates proud and secure behind iron gates.
Up and over the ridge I drive past trees blushing autumn color, some with leaves spent and falling in amber pools.

'New Spring Growth on a Evergreen Tree' photo (c) 2011, mikeyskatie - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
But I marvel at those who refuse to give in to the rest; the stoic evergreens maintaining life, color, presence. They sway and glisten in afternoon sun and hold their place firm among the others.
They don’t give in or change their purpose depending on the seasons….don’t toss away spent leaves like one would toss away used up faith and prayers that seem lost in the wind. 
I want to be like the evergreen.
Standing firm in my faith, my beliefs and my God.
With true joy and trust unshaken.
To grow where I’m planted, tall with life and strength, determination and love for the One who makes all things possible – the One who made me.
I want to be like the evergreen.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15) NIV


Many Blessings,
Debbie

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