Autumn winds

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
John Muir

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Tossed
Stretched
Ravaged
Falling
Blowing

No direction—simply hanging by a thread

Dancing
Twirling
Flying
Soaring
Freedom

Trusting while holding on to a life line

The first set of words describes the precarious dance of a leaf caught in the random blowing winds of an Autumn day. Helpless and hopeless to avoid the plummeting lifts and falls. A victim with no particular control over precarious circumstance. . .
Exactly how we often feel on any given day when we are caught in Life’s blowing winds.
In this little scenario Life is what happens to us, not something which we have any sort of command or control over. . .

On the other hand

The latter group of words speaks of something more uplifting, more acrobatic, almost ethereal in the rhythmic relationship one thing has with another. Words which describes a tandem dance of unity–that of harmony complete with a joint joy of cause and effect. Just how life can be when control is yielded to a God who is greater than any and all circumstance.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
1 Kings 19:11-13

For God is not the ravaging storm and punishing wind of our lives, He is the Peace and Calm waiting to enfold us in harmony, balance and an uplifting joy of unity. . .

5 comments on “Autumn winds

  1. Lynda says:

    God is hidden in every moment – we only need to be present. Thank you for another thoughtful and inspiring post. 🙂

    • Thank you Lynda—I know that these past couple of day’s have been difficult for Canada—life is becoming so bizarre—yet we must rest in the Grace of God!!
      Here’s to a peaceful remainder of the week!
      much love—Julie

  2. David says:

    Elijah is another one of my heroes Julie. Amazing that he ran when he did, only to be told to go back the way he had come. So much to learn, and even the wind and the leaves are our teachers. Thank you for this post and the reminder of our need to be yielded to God. I am so grateful for the posts that God puts in front of my eyes at just the right moment. Blessings. David

    • Oh I’m so happy the post was beneficial David—that passage has always been a favorite of mine as I can only imagine waiting to “meet” with God—I too would have expected some massive foreshadowing of His presence—powerful, awesome, overwhelming—but how marvelous—He is in the stillness and the whisper, the calm and the Peace—
      blessings and love David—Julie

  3. Love the photos of the leaves being blown about in the autumn winds, and I always love how you tie such events into scripture and our faith. You are so mindful of the Word and its truths. Hugs and blessings, N 🙂 ❤

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