Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Like a leaf

Yesterday I offered a thought about autumn as a metaphor for our external circumstances. Today I’m turning inward.

The Bible offers the leaf as a metaphor for the condition of the human soul. Left to our own devices we all shrivel up like a leaf and like the wind, our sins sweep us away (Isaiah 64:6). But tapping into the living water of God’s grace, we can be like a tree … which yields its fruit in its season and whose leaf shall not wither (Psalm 1:3).

I’ve got to admit, I’ve been in a dry patch spiritually of late. I’m glad the Bible doesn’t stop at the picture of the withered leaf, but includes a glimpse of a life of spiritual abundance as well.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2005 James Jordan.

3 comments:

RW said...

This is such a simple, but also effective scene. Great description to accompany it.

Jem said...

Absolutely stunning shot! It looks like it was shot with a lensbaby?

James said...

Jem, the blurred outer edge was done in Photoshop - elliptical selection, inversed, with an 8 pixel gaussian blur. Thanks for the compliment.