Several years ago Solomon (then 5) and I were looking somewhat inattentively through the Sunday newspaper advertisements and he suddenly laid his hand flatly on the page. Evidently some nail-polish had caught his eye and he was certain we had to get it. Mind you I don’t regularly wear nail-polish on my fingers but it seemed like a reasonable thing to do. The color we purchased was an awesome evergreen color called Christmas Gone Plaid. I proceeded to paint my nails and after worship on the following Sunday, I received several comments about the green on my nails and not one comment about how to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Ever since then, and truthfully since before that, I am very cognizant of what I wear and how I present myself in worship.
It is very easy to become distracted in church. Whether it is the temperature, noises around you, fragrance, etc. And so, it goes with why I wear a robe. I wear a robe to make it easier for those in worship, such that what I’m wearing isn’t a distraction. I don’t want people to be preoccupied by what I am wearing. I wear a robe not be set apart from the congregation but rather to bring us together as we worship and celebrated God’s presence in our lives.
Recently I was out running on a breezy September morning with my faithful dog Sunny. By all accounts it was just a normal run, one with a good pace and a mild temperature, maybe even a little foggy so early in the morning. Then this amazing thing happened, as they so often do, the leaf in this picture literally was blown into my hand, as in one minute my hands were empty and the next minute there was a leaf in my hand. You should know that it would not be remotely out of character for me to pick up a beautiful leaf to show my kids, because I am regularly in awe of God’s glorious creation, but that was not what happened. This leaf, this exact leaf which I hold in my hand in the above picture, was blown by the wind into my hand, I probably couldn’t have grabbed for it even if I wanted.
And why am I sharing this with you? Good question. I think I’m sharing this because there are times when God is so adamantly attempting to get our attention that we really, really, need to stop and look around. I love the world around me and I spend probably more than a normal about of time noticing things happening around me, and I fancy myself as a reasonably self-aware person, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t need redirection periodically. As a type A personality, I regularly think bout what’s next, not worrying exactly, just being deliberate about the stewardship of my time.
My take away? If God drops a leaf into your hand, your best bet is to stop, just stop, and savor, because the moment may not come again.