An Autumn Afternoon


Find out what is truly important and cling to it; then, leave everything else behind.

Matthew 13:24-43

In this reading, we find Jesus telling more stories – parables to illustrate important points of eternal value. It seemed Jesus loved to communicate this way as many of His parables are recorded in the Scriptures. Matthew 13:31 clearly reveals this fact…

Another parable He put forth to them, saying … ~ Matthew 13:31

Parables have been called “earthly stories with heavenly meanings.” Their events are not always actual incidents, but their meanings always hit home. With your permission, I thought I’d share with you a real life parable – one that took place in our home just a few years ago…

It was an unusually cold a day for the beginning of autumn.  The frigid temperature announced to our sleepy home the frosty day ahead. The chill in the air was gray and dark, and it made you feel like wrapping up in a blanket and going back to bed. But as I listened to the nearby rustling of bodies, the “pitter patter” of little feet from my two year old grandson, I knew this was not to be.


“Why do I feel so down – so gloomy and cloudy inside?” There was a heaviness inside me that didn’t just roll in with the weather, and I didn’t like it.  Like the storm outside my window, an uninvited cloud of self-condemnation had settled low over the mountain of my jumbled thoughts.

“This is ridiculous,” I thought.  “Snap out of it.”  But nothing would help. The heaviness just wouldn’t go.

I hear my grandson Mason dragging something that is to big for his little body to carry, but he is moving it to where he wants it. I realized that just like Mason,  I didn’t need my heavy load either. I had forgotten that the freedom I have in God has no limits.  It’s not only for the sunny summer days of life when the skies are blue and the feelings are not. No.  It’s intended for my mind as well as my heart, and it has no barometer for the weather. Spiritual freedom shines brightly through all the seasons of my life, and can’t be clouded. Not unless I let it.

On that chilly autumn day, my 2-year-old grandson learned a profound lesson about life:  find out what is truly important and cling to it, then leave everything else behind.