Early this morning I took my coffee and my Bible out on the deck for my morning devotion. First time in quite a while because we have been having oppressively hot and humid days here in Mississippi and I have not been stirring much outside an air-conditioned house! Thankfully, the Lord has sent some drier and a tad bit cooler weather this week! So nice!
As I sat down at the table on the deck I noticed a strange, lacy looking something on the floor. I reached down and picked it up. It was the "skeleton" of a leaf! I don't think I have ever seen such a thing before. It was actually beautiful. So fragile and lacy and transparent.
I could not help but think about the "dry bones" that Ezekiel saw in a vision from the Lord in Ezekiel 37. He saw a valley of skeletons. Dry bones that had once been living breathing human beings. In his vision he saw God put muscles and skin back on these dry bones and then breath life into them. God is the only One who can do that! He created and breathed life into Adam and Eve.
The leafy skeleton that I saw this morning was to me a thing of beauty. Even though the "life" is gone from the leaf, there is a beauty there that is not in the green leaf you see lying just beside it. Will the "skeleton" of our life be a thing of beauty when we are gone from earth? Will our family and friends remember our life with a smile.....or with a grimace?
Now while we are alive is the time we are weaving the pattern that will grace our legacy. Hopefully it will be a pattern that our loved ones will enjoy over and over!
"He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour." Proverbs 21: 21
May God bless you with a great day!