The last leaves are still holding on for dear life. They refuse to see the change of the seasons for what it is. Their refusal to let go does not stop fall or the biting cold air from coming.
It still comes.
The frost will still lay down in the sheets of white to mimic what is to come.
The leaf still clings to the dormant tree though no life is flowing through its branches. Food can’t flow to the veins so to sustain life.
Still, it holds on.
How often do we allow ourselves to remain attached to a seemingly dead tree, long after food has stopped flowing from its branches. Fearing the death of the tree we remain in a place we aren’t meant to be.
The tree isn’t dying.
The tree is adjusting to the changing season. The leaves must let go. When the seasons change we must let go to allow for a time of resting.
The Cross of Christ speaks of a “dying off” so a new season and a new life can emerge.
This season is full of changes for our family. A bitter wind is blowing as we find those things that require letting go. We must loosen our grip to move into the next season with grace and peace as our strength.
I’m leaning on a verse we have quoted through the hardest times of our lives. It’s been our “moving forward” verse. For now it will be our letting go words too.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”