Today's blog is one I originally posted in November of 2013. And no, the leaves here have not yet started to turn, but I know some of you live in areas of the country where they are not only changing, they're already falling. So in the spirit of autumn, my favorite season of the year, let's celebrate the leaves!
2 Chronicles 20:15
He said, "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.'"
Our house sits in the middle of a forest populated mainly by deciduous hardwoods. We are smack dab in the middle of fall, and you know what that means. Leaves! Tons of them! Raining from the sky. Covering our decks. Smothering our yard.
Fall isn't called 'fall' for nothing!
And when it comes to keeping the decks cleared and the yard clean, we have our work cut out for us. I whisk away with the broom while my husband, Danny, wields the leaf blower. Together, we tackle the onslaught. Battle back the blitz of leaf troops which seem to gain ground daily. Here is a pile I'm in the midst of sweeping up the other day after heavy winds and rain ushered in reinforcements.
And here is what the deck looked like just a day later.
The battle rages on . . .
And many days, I feel like the leaves are winning. Even when I know that, eventually, all of them will have given up the ghost. That I will, at some point, banish the last soldier off the deck and Danny will blow the last warrior from the yard. The losing battle turned into a war won.
Wouldn't it be splendid if we could know that every battle we face on life's journey has a guaranteed winning outcome? Unfortunately, when we fail to recognize God's goodness, even in the hard times, that's not the case. We lose a loved one, lose a job, lose our health. And it hurts. Deeply. We can be left feeling despondent and hopeless.
But it doesn't have to be that way. All that can change when we stop clinging to our own methods for waging war against the enemy, and hand the battle over to God. Waving our white flags. Surrendering to His will. Trusting in His ways.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28
God cares. He is with us. He is able, ready and willing to aid us in every battle we face.
God makes is a win-win. Every time!
There will be no new post this coming Friday, but I'll be back with you all a week from today. God bless!