Today's weather was full of fierce winds and driving rain. "A possibility for tornadoes," we were told. But there were none, even though it rained hard and the wind blew even harder for a solid ten hours.
Around noon I peeked out the back door and spied a leaf lying forlornly on the grass. I turned to go back to the kitchen but something about that leaf had caught my attention. I pushed open the storm door and raced across the yard. When I arrived back inside I was dripping wet but clutched tightly within my grasp was my prize - one lone leaf. I carried it into the kitchen and studied it in-between batches of cookies.
It was a maple leaf, slightly larger than my hand, with a sturdy stem and beautiful shape. But it was the coloring of the leaf that held my interest.
The bottom right edge of the leaf was a bright green, the bottom left a dark brown. And the middle ? the middle was a brilliant yellow. The center color spread across three-quarters of the leaf, the focal point.
Our lives echo the coloring of the maple leaf. As children the world is bright and new, everything seems alive and welcoming. But childhood doesn?t last long; it quickly fades as we learn and grow into the longest season of our lives - the yellow. It is in this phase of life that we have the most opportunity to impact the world, it is the time when our lives become what we make of them. For now that we have passed through childhood we understand right from wrong, can determine fact from fairy tale, and can make our own choices. It is in this season that we discover who we really are, and learn how to take that discovery and use it to impact the world. God did not give us this time to fritter away at idle tasks. Our yellow phase is the longest for a purpose; we must use it wisely before it turns to brown.
Brown comes in a smaller portion than either yellow or green. It is the season to relax and enjoy the beauty of God's earth, knowing that our work is coming to a close. When I reach that point I hope that I can look back on my yellow phase and not need to wonder what my life was for. I want to look back and know that I spent my yellow season well.
How are you spending your yellow season?
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