God’s leaf blower

Brenda Cannon HenleyBy Brenda Cannon Henley
Those that know me well know I have a “quirky mind.” My friend, Tina, a fellow quill holder, will recognize it as a “writer’s mind,” for we must store things up all the time to write some of the time. Another friend, Jenny, provides me with tidbits often that stir the brain and harbor ideas for columns or speeches. Dale and Jeanne, other close friends, will just laugh at my mind, and the thought of it. But, every once in a while, it comes up with something even I like and recognize as being somewhat inspired.

I was sitting on the swing in the carport watching the busy lawn crew here in the park work. I could hear a loud noise above the engine of the big riding mower, and soon the worker carrying the huge leaf blower came around the corner. He was a hefty sized man and he had perspiration pouring down his face and into his bright red bandana.

The machine was strapped across his back and it had the biggest black hose I have ever seen. That thing could have wolfed up grapefruits or cantaloupes without any trouble. He was busily pointing it here and there as he walked. I couldn’t actually see the debris or leaves he saw, but I could hear the difference in the sound of the engine when he pointed to something large or small or something heavy or light.

He was very intent on what he was doing and paid no mind to me.

I thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a leaf blower that we could turn inward and just blow or pick up the ugly in our lives – Big or little, heavy or light, really, really ugly, or just a tad unkind?”

It would be so great to have clean lives, pure thoughts, helpful ideas, and unquestioned motives as we live among family and our fellow journeymen, wouldn’t it?

I John 1:9 is something like our life care equipment. I fear we just don’t use it often enough. And, when do, are we sincere and go to every corner and space in our hearts or lives? Maybe we tend to keep that one little secret sin, or the absolute dislike of that one person that seems to thrive on chaos and dragging folks into her constant drama. Or perhaps our inability to forgive a person causes that nasty debris, crinkling leaves and twigs, along with ugly bits of discarded paper to clutter up the beauty of our lives.

Honestly consider I John 1:9 today. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

And then comes Verse 10…
“If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

God has the most powerful leaf blower and debris removal system we can even imagine. Kind of like hard yardwork on a hot day – We simply refuse to do it often.

Brenda Cannon Henley can be reached at 409 781 8788, or
[email protected]


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