Shaken, Pressed, Overflowing

Autumn is a wonderful season of change. It has a great way of showing us that change can be a beautiful thing. Large, luscious mums. Bright, vibrant pumpkins. The crisp clean air. Trees in every color.

Another part of Autumn is raking the leaves. In my neighborhood, this can be a cumbersome job. The past few years, I have found comfort in raking rather than despising it. I connect with the Lord while I am working in His creation. When I rake the leaves He reminds me of His overwhelming provisions and blessings in my life.

I load a leaf bag to the top. Then I shake it. Then press the leaves down. This bag that just looked full is now only a fourth of the way full. I fill it to the top again. I shake it. I press down the leaves. And again the bag that appeared full is now only half full. So again I fill it to the top, leaves full to the brim of the bag. Then I shake it and press down. My leaf bag is now about three-fourths full. Filling the bag to the top again, I am amazed at how many leaves I can fit into this one leaf bag. This time I shake it, press down the leaves, and finally my bag is full.

Fall Leaves

This is a great picture of how the Lord wants to bless us in our lives. Sometimes we limit Him. We see a leaf bag that can be filled one time to the top. The Lord is not satisfied with this. He wants to keep shaking and pressing and refilling. Again we think, “Wow God! Thank you for all these blessings. I can’t even imagine anything more.”  Then again, He gives us more provision. More blessings. He keeps shaking it together and pressing it down until it is overflowing into our lap.

He is a loving and gracious God. He is capable of more than we could ever imagine. He loves us more than our human minds can comprehend.

I pray you can find Him in this beautiful season of change. Be amazed by Him.

-Samantha Cosgrove

Lifegate Women First Tuesdays coordinator

Luke 6:37-39English Standard Version (ESV)

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”


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