It was not altogether a sensible thing to do and that is why it caught my attention. I was stopped in traffic at a pedestrian crossing when a young woman crossed the road…this of course was nothing exceptional, but half way across she stopped, took two steps back and reached down to pick up a leaf…and this is what got my attention. She smiled and excitedly showed it to her friend who was crossing the road with her.
It was a perfectly formed Sycamore tree leaf with its distinctive shape and it was not green but a perfect shade of orange.
At this point I understood what was going on – it was not that the woman was a ‘forensic botanist’ but she was just an individual who had noticed the first ‘autumn leaf’ of the season. I watched for just a few moments as she discussed this with her friend as they finished traversing the crossing. Once it was clear I drove off but my thoughts were captured by what I had just seen. It was great that a change of season could evoke such a response, but it raised some questions – was she a person who loved the colour orange? – was she excited by the fact that winter was coming?
I wondered how that same woman might feel in a few weeks’ time when all of the trees in that particular street had turned orange and shed their leaves? Would she still notice a single leaf?
The truth is that winter is on the way and that change is in the air – but how are you when it comes to change? It is said that ‘change is as good as a holiday’ but I believe that this is only said by people who do not know how to have a holiday!
Change can be painful and even frightening, it can leave you off balance and uncomfortable.
It can seem great at first – like the first leaf of autumn but it can be challenging when you are raking leaves in the weeks to come!
Our lives are not meant to be static but they are destined to change, different seasons will be reflected in them and it is best to embrace the changes and enjoy them for what they are.
The Bible says that “…we shall all be changed” (1 Cor 15:51) what we have the potential to be is not yet what we are… perhaps you are set in our ways and have been resisting change – perhaps the time has come for you to notice the option that is in front of you and reach out for it.