I was thinking about how much I hate those dead leaves today as I was scooping out the slime that was growing miniature trees in the gutters. And for an instant I wondered why we even have to mess with leaves in the fall. But then I was quickly reminded of Ecclesiastes chapter 3...
There is a time for everything,
and a SEASON for every activity under heaven.
What if there were no leaves to clean up in the fall?
I would miss out on the sweet flowers that appear on the trees as we welcome spring.
I would miss out on the new leaves and their sea of green that provide an umbrella of shade in the summer.
I would miss out on the miracle of the changing colors of the leaves that announce fall.
I would miss out on the bare branches that seem to strike a pose against the winter backdrop.
And I would miss out on recognizing how God's amazing creation changes with each SESAON!
I turned my griping into rejoicing as I scooped leaves out of the gutters and raked them out of the garden. I actually found myself thankful for the smelly wet leaves. Thankful for the opportunity to be outside soaking up some sunshine and vitamin D. Thankful for getting a work-out while checking off an item on my to-do list. And thankful that my collection of leaves made the silly chickens so happy.
Yes, I am thankful for the season of leaves!