Monday, September 27, 2010



Oil on Canvas

Although the word, "enchanted" can mean to put someone under a spell, to bewitch or charm it can also mean to delight greatly. That was more of the meaning I was looking for.

I was reading a book on historic trees of America and it talked about how much Henry David Thoreau loved the Red Maple. Here is what he wrote: "How beautiful, when a whole (Red Maple) tree is like one great scarlet fruit full of ripe juices, every leaf, from lowest limb to topmost spire, all aglow, especially if you look towards the sun! What more remarkable object can there be in the landscape? Visible for miles, too fair to be believed. If such a phenomenon occurred but once, it would be handed down by tradition to posterity and get into the mythology at last."

If we only had one beautiful Red Maple we would write books about it and make stories surrounding it's occurrence. Yet, we are blessed to have them among us in vast numbers. In some phenomenal way the leaves turn into the opposite color of itself on the color wheel once a year. In their death they sing the most delightful song of all.

How much we can learn of our Creator by the wonderful things He creates. Not only by the variety of color and texture He enjoys in every leaf but by the deeper meanings that lie in their life cycle. Our heavenly Father loves to surprise us and make beauty, "normal"

Many elderly folks who have retired like to think that the work is over. God is done with them and now they can golf until their hearts' content. I like to think that when we retire we are left with the sweetest time of all: total focus on God's work. Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14, "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Have you ever seen someone finish their race well? I have. It is a privilege to be with people like that. Those rare occurrences of such a blaze of beauty, an unquenchable fire that warm the rest of us. They remind us that God loves to use the normal, the common, the everyday and change them into something so spectacular and enchanting that we deepen by being with them.

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