Lessons I've Learned When Blowing Leaves
My home sets in the middle of many water oak trees and a few Bradford pear trees. I spend a lot of time in the fall and winter cleaning up leaves. Water oak trees drop their leaves a few at a time for many months. I was reminded yesterday as I was blowing leaves out to my curb of a lesson the Lord taught me about leave blowing a few years ago when I was in the middle of the same endeavor.
As anyone who has ever blown leaves knows you cannot blow them against the wind. If you try, you are just losing a battle to send them in the direction you want them to go. That day in the past it was a still day except occasionally a slight breeze would blow. When the breeze came I had to stop until it passed or change my direction to blow the leaves with the wind and not against it. What the Lord started speaking to me was that the Holy Spirit works the same way. When He is moving we need to move with Him and He will propel us even farther than expected but if we keep trying to move the same way we were it just doesn't work any more. We find ourselves fighting against Him and we get nowhere, and usually pushed backwards, just like when blowing the leaves toward the wind instead of with the wind.
Yesterday, as I was reminded of this lesson, the Lord added two more images to this while I was blowing the never-ending leaves out of my yard. My cord finds everything imaginable to get hung up on while I am working on propelling the leaves to the curb and I have to stop and go unhook it from a rock or a tree root that has it trapped. There are obstacles in life that will "hang us up" if we are not careful. Even when we are moving with the Holy Spirit, especially then, because our enemy wants to get us hung up and not be able to move any farther. These things can be our own disobedience to something the Lord is asking us to do or not to do, maybe you have taken on an offense and are not willing to forgive the offender. It could be any number of things but they stop us dead in our tracks. I tug at the cord, I try flipping the cord over the obstacle but inevitably I have to go to the place where the cord is hung up and free it. Are there areas in your life where you need to go to the place where you got hung up and deal with what needs dealt with so you can be free?
The second image was that of the roots that stop me dead in my leaf blowing tracks. They stick up out of the ground with their broken ends and catch my power cord and keep me from moving to where I need to move to finish my leaf blowing job. Many times there are wounds and lies in our belief systems that are rooted in us that hold us back from being all God intends us to be. Again, we must go back to the original source and let the Lord show us truth and heal our places of wounding so we can move forward in our walk with Him. So learn from the lesson of my leaf blowing experience as I too must do.