Timothy WillardComment

The Power of Leaves

Timothy WillardComment
Photo by  Heather West

Photo by Heather West

What is joy, but the surge of present tense? It is to be present to oneself in the holy minutes of God's today; to live aware; to praise; to thank. 

It is to sing; to dance; to give grace; to rest; to be joyful is to live in humble obedience to God; to revel in salvation. "Waste not a single instant; be like the bird who finds enough to rejoice over! And say, 'What joy, what joy!'"

That the green leaves burgeon, that the forest becomes beautiful as a bride ... and this to delight thee; that it becomes autumn, that the birds depart on their journeys ... not because they would make themselves more precious ... but that the forest keeps its finery in hiding for the next time, in order, in fact, that the next time it may delight thee!”
— Søren Kierkegaard

Is it not to stand among the blowing leaves? They release and fly in a bluster; their yellow stark on the dewy turf; their orange flaming out from the ashen bark; their red searing the misty morning. 

This, this joy! It rises in moments we too often allow to pass. No reveling, no praising. We miss joy as it dances away on the tumbling air. 

How do you mingle with the Divine? Is it not in the moments of leaves; in their power to pause reality; in their power to tickle the child within your withering bones?

Photo by Mindy Boyd

Photo by Mindy Boyd

There is at work a concurrence, of God and man, the Divine working in and through the moments of physical beauty. Do we not feel this concurrence in our souls? Do we not feel the pull on the end of the line, tugging us into repose? 

Today, pause with the blowing, respose with the falling, revel in the moment and find the delight of your salvation. And what is that delight? It is the joy found in new eyes. Eyes to see into the wind; eyes to feel the power of leaves; eyes to behold the glory and wonder of the Divine moving in each moment of each day. 

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Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.