The leaves are waiting

garden last

I’m writing this in winter, but there is very little snow on the ground.  Which means I can readily see the work I have waiting for me in the months to come.  I prefer to burn leaves, but I do try to be a good neighbor by only doing it once in the Fall and once in the Spring.  It gives me that really good rich, black soil that my garden, such as it is, truly loves. 

My husband used to be in charge of the yard clean up until I decided to start growing things.  Now he is content to clean bathrooms while I love being outside.   No complaints from me!  But there was one time, when trying to expedite a job that was fairly disagreeable to him, Bob decided, rather than rake the leaves into one big burn pile, he would instead create several small piles throughout the side and front yard, even connecting them by trails of leaves and igniting them all at once. 

Not kidding.

It’s a good thing no one called the fire department.  I ended up having my own version of mysterious “crop circles” in what remained of my grass the next day. 

The debate probably rages on concerning how or when man (or woman) first discovered fire.  I think it must have been a man, since it ultimately made more work for women in the kitchen. Nevertheless, the effects of such a primary tool continue as more than a little necessary.  One of the interesting things about fire, at least to me, is the intrinsic power that it contains, meaning whether it be used as a life-saving instrument or a terribly destructive force, it is, either way, extremely powerful. 

In my rural area, a controlled fire helps the farmers increase productivity in their fields, as well as with the prairie conversation efforts.  Uncontrolled is a problem, like when a wind catches it, or safeguards are not properly in place.  Watch out!

Which, when I think of it, is exactly what God is talking about here–

 “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.”

We still tend to think of our Creator as some cosmic killjoy waiting with a thunderbolt at the first sign of any fun when, in fact, the opposite is true.  But our concept of “fun” without His wisdom and guidance quickly turns into a raging conflagration with far-reaching effects to those around us.  The same concept holds firm in other areas beside our sense of entertainment: use of time, money, talent.  Then there’s how we order our relationships, define our identity, and set our own boundaries. 

All of these things have a tendency to get out of control without God’s divine guidance. 

 This year, I’m hoping for an increase in that Divine Guidance promised to me. 

 Bob? Right now, he’s busy cleaning the bathroom.

 Proverbs 29: 18    Tyndale House Publishers Inc (2008-06-01). The One Year Bible NLT (One Year Bible: Nlt Book 2)

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

18 thoughts on “The leaves are waiting”

  1. Oh, here’s something else that just came to mind as I posted the last comment. Have you ever noticed how mesmerizing a fire is? I mean, I could just stand there for hours watching leaves and wood burn. Do you see the similarity with what we watch on TV? People have the same tendency to watch marriages, families, relationships, and all manner of things burn. Why is that?

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  2. Great post and great quote. …people do run wild …without the divine.. but they dont accept him either…

    Fire danagerous but a necessity to keep warm to cook to clear.. but safety is key. Love your writing. Belated happy xmas hope it was good. . Have a fab 2017. Regards bella

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  3. I really love how you write about something seemingly random, and turned it into something really thought-provoking. “our concept of “fun” without His wisdom and guidance quickly turns into a raging conflagration with far-reaching effects to those around us.” I can’t agree more. Sometimes we don’t know what’s good for us or others around us.

    Btw, I posted 3 Major Goals for 2017… and I tagged you in it.

    I thought it might be nice to have you along in the journey, but it’s okay if you choose not to. I’ll understand. Hope you’re having a nice day!<3

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  4. I love that verse; I used it in a post not too long ago. I’m tickled by the story about your husband’s “controlled burn.” He sounds like mine. When he doesn’t want to do something, he finds a way to prompt me to say, “That’s ok, honey. I’ll do it.” I’m hip to his game now. Keep listening for those divine pointers, Dawn. ❤

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