I pray that the day is finding you well.
The wind was blowing the other day.
I noticed a leaf being blown in the wind.
First it blew one way, then another.
I watched as it went back and forth tumbling along. Tumbling over its stem then over the tips of the leaf.
I sat there for quite a while watching this leaf.
At first I was amused by the back and forth action, thinking about how the wind changed direction causing the leaf to change its direction.
I thought about how the leaf really didn’t have any say, or influence, on where it wanted to go. The wind was in control.
I began to think about how most of us live and work at the whim of others. If someone decides to go another direction, or the economy takes another dip, our job might go away, and we will have just about as much say in it as the leaf does with the wind.
Then God said, “Relax and watch the leaf.”
I sat silently watching the leaf.
After a while my heart began to change.
I began to see the leaf differently.
I began to see it dance.
It no longer was this out of control leaf being pushed here and there. The leaf was dancing.
A still small voice said, “This leaf makes me smile. It is dancing for me.”
I sat there and watched the leaf for quite a while.
In the end I was no longer thinking in a negative fashion. My thoughts went to thinking about all the blessings, and small miracles that happen everyday. I just need to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to accept.
My prayer is that we all choose to see the beauty in God’s creation, to see a leaf dance; to ask the question, are we dancing for God or merely allowing ourselves to be blown out of control?
It is a matter of perspective.