The national symbol of Canada is the maple leaf. That is because of the vital part that the maple tree has played in the nation’s history, not just its wood but also the Maple syrup which comes from the sap of the tree.
But what I want you to understand is that just as the maple leaf reminds you of Canada so all leaves should remind you of yourself because the Bible teaches “we all do fade as a leaf” (Isaiah 64:6).
There are very clear similarities between people and leaves: here is a universal symbol of mankind.
The autumn leaves are now all around us: they are on the roads, in the garden and in the drains. They are everywhere.
Why? Because those leaves are dead, their short life is over and in their tens of thousands they are fluttering down to the ground – and very soon the same will be true of you too.
Just look around the countryside and you will see many leaves fading.
They are now well past their best. They are changing colour and withering. But the reality is the same process is taking place in your life.
Think of the increasing wrinkles on your face, your hair changing colour and your body slowing down; you do not have the same strength and energy. All of those things remind you that you are getting older and weaker; you are fading just like the leaf.
It is impossible to escape the reality that you are not going to be here forever.
In the light of that it is important to consider the fact that there is a day coming when you will fall down in death (Ecclesiastes 7:2).
Remember that a leaf is frail and it does not take much to bring it down; even in the summer.
But especially when the leaves are fading it just takes a gentle touch or a breeze to remove it from the tree.
And it won’t take much to bring your life to an end; just a stroke, a heart attack, a sickness or an accident.
All that is needed is for the wind of adversity to blow in your life and you will be gone from this scene of time.
You dare not boast about tomorrow, because very easily you could be dead and gone before tomorrow dawns (Proverbs 27:1).
Did you ever stop to think about death and eternity?
That might be the last thing that you would want to do.
But the Bible teaches you are wise if you think about ‘your latter end’ (Deuteronomy 32:29).
But let me urge you to go a step further and prepare for death by accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour.