Benjamin Franklin once said, “Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you will be hindered tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
Unless you live in a wind tunnel like I do.
Our home sits in a little valley out here in the country and is situated mid-point on a gradual rise. Our driveway angles up the hill from our house and the ground slopes downward behind it. The wind, especially in the winter time, races up the valley and slams into our house – literally, we can hear it hit us and swirl around the house.
If we have a storm (rain or snow) accompanied by blustery wind, we can expect some object to go flying through our yard. Sometimes the shingles sail off our roof, other times the patio furniture takes a nose dive off our deck.
I’ve watched a summer gust of wind lift our outdoor umbrella up from the patio table and completely out of the stand in which it was fastened, then toss it two or three times off the deck and through the back yard. I’m not talking about tornado fierce winds either.
Since we built our home in a farmer’s field, there were no trees on our property. We planted some here and there, but they aren’t very large yet because they were saplings when we planted them. Some of the trees are maple and they do turn a lovely color in autumn, as you can see from my photo.
Motoring up the driveway on my way to work earlier this week, I noticed that the largest tree in our front yard had dropped all of its leaves. A substantial pile of orange-red discarded remnants lay under that tree and around the smaller trees located in our yard as well. I thought, “Wow, this year I’m going to have to get out there and rake some leaves.”
Raking leaves is a task I haven’t done for a long time, and in a way I almost looked forward to it. But of course I did not heed good old Ben Franklin’s advice that afternoon, even though his words are very sound wisdom.
Since I was weary when I came home from work, I instead delayed the chore for another day. After all, I had to write my blog! So even though the weather was nice and warm, I procrastinated. I know, Ben would not be pleased.
The next day a weird and wacky weather system blew through our area. I stopped at a store on my way home from work and when I departed, it was pouring rain. No, it was a deluge of rain! The wind was gusting wildly and ferociously, so much that sheets of rain were blowing sideways.
Running to my car in the parking lot, I got drenched, but by the time I arrived safely at home, the storm had blown out of here. I was wet, shivering from being cold, hungry and tired, so it was definitely one of those nights to just stay inside, curled up all toasty and warm under a blanket on the sofa.
A sunny but crisp, chilly day ensued, and as I again drove up my driveway, I stopped my car and laughed out loud. Glancing over to the tree where that pile of leaves, begging to be raked and relegated to the compost pile, had once gathered, I noticed that there were no leaves left!
I looked at the smaller tree; I checked the trees on the other side of the driveway. Same thing, there was not one leaf anywhere in my entire two acre yard. Every single leaf had blown completely away! No raking for me – one scenario where procrastinating actually worked in my favor. Take that, Ben.
And then it dawned on me, the wind served as a reminder. Even though the task of raking was not a daunting one, all the work had been accomplished for me by the wind. Isn’t that just like Jesus and His grace? We could work and toil and slave to atone for all the wrong-doings we commit in our lives. We could try to earn our way into Heaven, but it’s not possible.
God forgives our sinful shortcomings when we submit our lives to Jesus Christ. He enters our souls and with a fresh wind, He wipes us clean, just as my yard had been swept clean of all those littering leaves. Jesus already did the hardest task imaginable, He bore upon the cross each and every sin we could commit and paid the price for me, for you.
He endured and accomplished all the work, so you and I may enjoy His gift of grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense). All we need to do to accept the gift is repent, turn away from sin, and allow Christ to transform our lives.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” ~ Acts 3:19
Have you done that? Have you asked Jesus to blow away the rubbish in your life? A life centered on loving and serving Him – now that blows me away!