Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?
My favorite time of the year has always been October. Growing up in the mountain areas of Pennsylvania we enjoyed a beautiful show of colors for several weeks every Fall. There was this mountain ridge we could see from the road we always took to the grocery store and back. I remember sitting in back of my parents car and just observing the beauty. I knew it could not happen by accident even as a child. I could imagine the “giver of life” painting his masterpiece on the easel of earth. Such splendour! At the top of this mountain ridge was a giant cross that was lit up at night and as a child and even to this day I always look forward to once again seeing the trees and the cross in the Fall. Something about it just put me in a peaceful state.
However, I don’t know about you but there is always a great sadness in me when all the leaves are gone and Winter is peaking through. You look around one day and all the trees are bare. The trees have to have faith, Lord willing, that they will be fruitful with new leaves returning in the Spring. They trust God as they stand bare through another Winter. Like us they have to let go and let God. As I am sitting here this morning looking at the beautiful blue sky and the leaves floating down from the trees I realize that I too must let go of things that I’ve allowed to hang on me. It’s not always an easy thing to do but just as God tells the trees to let go he tells us also to let go. I think the trees are probably more obedient than I am but it seems to be the season of my life to do just that–obediently let go.
Thank you Father that you are so patient with us even when we stubbornly hold on to things that we know we should shed. Show us Lord how we can mimic the trees and let go of things that are holding us back in this current season of life whether it be unforgiveness, anger, envy,, poor self-esteem, and the many other things that our flesh desires to hang on to.? Shake these things off of us Lord in this season so we may spring forth in the Spring of 2011. We trust you and only you first. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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