A Blanket of Leaves

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 ones senses; a day that caused one to marvel at Godís 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, and unsettled weather under an ominous grey sky. Itís 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.

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

Life is like that, isnít it? There are times in life when things are going so well, we feel like weíre on top of the world and we canít 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 whatís happened, it seems like things couldnít 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.

Thankfully there is a place we can take refuge when we are weary, worn, and depleted. Turn to Godís Word and read His promises. Seek refuge in Godís truth. 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. Start building your faith back up by bringing to mind the Ďgood old daysí. 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 letís count our blessings and build our spiritual muscles by reading and speaking the Word of God!

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

Marci Maxwell

London, Ontario, Canada

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