Remember and Celebrate

November 16, 2016

A Floating Leaf, Being Carried and Rest

floating leaves blogIt’s the first thing I notice as I walk up to my favorite place at the lake this morning – a brown leaf floating in the water.

(The fact I am even out here this morning is a big deal. I’d rather stay up late and sleep in. Yet the rest of my world doesn’t cooperate with me, so I’ve been adjusting my sleep schedule. I do love the lake in the morning.)

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So back to what I noticed as I walked up to the rock under my Willow tree – that oak leaf languidly floating on the placid water, gliding ever so slowly above murkiness of the water below.

I noticed and wondered, watching its progress.

Some days are like what is seen from the underside of the leaf: dark, foreboding, and unclear.

Oh to be carried safely on days like this.

Jesus, carry me on dark murky-water days. Let me rest in you like this oak leaf on the water.

On days when you feel far away, when I can’t find you, help me remember this.  Those you send to me “become Jesus” to me. They are your gift, making it easier to see you myself.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soulsFor my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version (NIV)

I love hearing from you.  And who knows, you just might “meet” someone on here who becomes a friend, or someone you already know.  

Connecting this week with Kelly Chripczuk  and Small Wonder Link-up



12 responses to “A Floating Leaf, Being Carried and Rest”

  1. Lidia Hu says:

    I am so glad I found you. Thank you for the simplicity of your writing. God bless you.

    • carol says:

      why hello there…so nice to have you visit. Thanks for stopping by. As you can see, things have been quiet lately. I am hoping to see more action here this fall…thanks for the encouragement today.

  2. Natalie says:

    What a lovely gift, to find an image that speaks to you when you went out into the world against your natural sleep cycle. Thanks for sharing what you found.

  3. Laurie Klein says:

    Carol, that second photo is swoon-worthy, and I love hearing how the image spoke to your soul. And now to mine. Thank you.

  4. ~ linda says:

    What a blessing to know His power and direction in our lives. I love the analogy of the leaf and just how we are so like it floating in the midst of the unknown below. Been there many times. I am learning day by day to trust Him with my all yet I am still learning as I ‘try’ to do things myself, to see through the murky waters and make my own decisions on whether to dive into it or allow God to be in control. Thank you, Carol. Glad I came by from Kelly’s.

  5. Gayl says:

    I love that passage of scripture and think of it often. I love this – “On days when you feel far away, when I can’t find you, help me remember this. Those you send to me “become Jesus” to me.” It’s so true, isn’t it? He finds many ways to encourage us.

    Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #SmallWonder.

    • carol says:

      I really don’t want to imagine what it would have been like for me to not have those friends who became Jesus to me during some unexpected times of doubt. I “knew” he was there all along, but I just couldn’t see him. I did see and feel the love of others and I took them as Jesus to me. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Julia says:

    “On days when you feel far away, when I can’t find you, help me remember this. Those you send to me “become Jesus” to me. They are your gift, making it easier to see you myself.”

    Oh I love this, Carol. I feel like i need to make this my prayer for awhile. He does feel very far away and I don’t see the people he sends as becoming Jesus, His gift to me. Now I have to think on this.

    Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    • carol says:

      I would not have made it, I don’t think, without Jesus and the people who surrounded me and loved me during the early stages of my grief, and then carried my faith a few years later when he felt so far away,

  7. Donna says:

    Thank you Carol for this beautiful imagery……calling me to rest and trust. The scripture is the perfect illustration for your observations….ahhhhh

  8. Jody Collins says:

    Carol, this was such a calming image, the idea of resting like a leaf as God carries us. I’m glad you went early down to your lake to see what you could see.

    • carol says:

      yes, I am too. I remembered I loved mornings at the lake. It’s just good to get past this season of insomnia (besides i do like staying up!) and actually get up in the morning

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