I think one of the worst things in life is owning a backyard swimming pool that sits right next to a big, tall, deciduous tree…in Autumn. It’s a lost battle.
Swooping and re-swooping up the leaves over the weekend, in my frustration I started thinking, “Why would a tree be deciduous? How ridiculous! They’re meant to have leaves…all year ’round! That’s why it’s a tree!..”
Without doing any research or Googling any information on this, I thought about why a tree may be deciduous.
I decided that perhaps it needs a break. It makes sense; it’s been producing all year round, doing what it was meant to do in its season, so maybe it needs a season of time-out, to rest, to replenish, to relax, to recover.
Perhaps it needs to be stripped bare, to drop all the bad stuff from the season that’s just finished, so it can produce fresh, clean, healthy, invigorating, new leaves.
These are possible answers, and I’m sure there is a real reason why trees are deciduous, and I’m sure some tree-expert will email me and tell me; but for the purposes of this blog, let’s assume my thoughts are the real reasons why deciduous trees are in existence; and if this is so, then I am convinced life is the same.
There are seasons we go through where we work, we stress, we strive, we think, we create…we live, but then we need to stop and breathe. Time-out, rest, replenish, relax, recover. Everyone needs this. Even God took annual leave on the seventh day!
Then there are seasons when the wind of life’s circumstances blows and we are stripped bare; whereby the purpose the wind blew in our direction, (most times seemingly against us), was to blow away old habits, old ways of living, old hurts, old negative thoughts, hence forcing us to produce new, healthier, fresh leaves for the new seasons to come – a better way of living, a better life.
New leaves can’t come if the old ones don’t drop off. Sometimes, circumstances come blowing us away – sometimes it’s gale force winds! – not to knock us down, but i believe —> to build us up.
Seasons come, seasons go. Leaves drop off, they grow back. If you are in a windy season right now, you may be feeling stripped bare and you see the leaves falling on the ground uncontrollably….but expect the goodness of life start to grow in its place. Fresh new leaves will grow back – it has to.
It’s only a matter of time.