This small maple tree… caught my eye, and my breath on a recent walk in the nearby park. The tall oaks around it had dropped their russet leaves, and this little maple who might not have been very noticeable all summer, had dropped it’s bright yellow shadow among them. Instead of shade… it was casting the sunlight that it had collected for the past few months. A puddle of sun. Its circle of influence wasn’t more than a 30 foot radius. But it DID shine. Releasing the glory it had been given.
It made me head home to find a book among my shelves that was waiting to be read. “God’s Passion for His Glory”, by John Piper. It’s on the top of my stack now.
John Piper reprinted the powerful old book by Jonathan Edwards, circa 1765, and includes many notes and a biography of Edwards. I think it will be a challenging read, but a good one. We are so complacent to simply skim the surface of life, focusing on such trivial things. “This is a stunning truth: Namely that God’s passion for His glory is the measure of His commitment to our joy.” Our focus on HIM only leads to a joyful life.
Book report to follow later! 🙂