I love fall!! The color change, the weather change, the smell change...it’s about change. I see it happening right now. Leaves falling. What was once a tree deep in rich green, then a tree with vibrant shades of red and orange, now is soon becoming a tree that will be empty. Nothing left but the branches. We wish the color stayed. We think the only thing that makes the tree beautiful is the colorful leaves. We may ask, “why does it have to be so bare?”
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth, do not perceive it? It will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the dessert.”
For every beginning there is an end and for every ending there is a new beginning. What I find amazing is that those trees still stand. Those branches still reach out and upward. Not like my plants in my yard that have to be cut back and will re-grow from their roots next spring. Those trees still stand. There is beauty in the strength of those branches.
This is what Jesus does in our lives. We go through all kinds of seasons. Some are seasons of hard times, some loneliness, seasons of loss or other things such as financial hardships. And those seasons change us. We have seasons that are bright and beautiful and rich in life. Then, we have seasons that He allows things in our life to enter so that we don’t remain the same. But through all those seasons He is telling us let go and let Me. Let go and let me show you what I can do. Let go and let me show you what I can teach you. There is strength in your branches with Me! We have to let go in order to grow a new perspective.
God wants all of us. God wants us to let go of the things that are holding us. When we do and those things fall… and new life comes from it. Change happens in us and through us. He reminds us that He is still there standing strong and He still holding us up, much like the tree and the branches. He says let go of it and I will hold you.
Isaiah 41: 10 “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God: I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
We cannot accept the gift of salvation and then do it our way with our limits, holding on to the parts of our life we don’t want to let go. Our relationship with Jesus is worth more than just a part of us…let go and let God! And remember letting go is much like the leaves that will fall this autumn….it is a sign of all of the wonderful blessings God has in store for you. So today …whatever part your still holding on to …. surrender it…and allow God to bring newness of life.