I’ve noticed that a few of our maple trees had not released all their leaves. I’m not sure how rare this is, but it is not something I have not noticed before. Today, I noticed that new leaves are forming on those trees, yet the leaves have not dropped.
I don’t know what this means for my tree, but it is a graphic reminder of how we can divide ourselves between moving forward and holding on to the past. I don’t know if my trees will be limited in some way until those leaves drop. But I know I do not want to limit myself by holding on to the familiar and failing to reach out to what God is calling me to.
Change is part of the natural order of things. The young grow. The old grey. The snow melts and the wildflower bloom. The sand dunes reshape with the wind and rain. The caterpillars turn into butterflies. Forest fires devastate, and yet are needed for some plants to reproduce.
Somehow, though, it seems that the human is the only species to resist change.
Here’s my theory. God made it harder for us, so that we would realize our need for Him. When we trust Him, really trust Him, change gets easier. Knowing that His plan is always for our good makes it easier to step out in faith.
So, let go of the old leaves and focus on the new growth. Those old leaves are only good for fertilizer anyway.