Letting go

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I used to think that winter seasons strip away that which covers

And leave us bare

As happens with trees

Deciduous (non-evergreen) trees, that is

Then I learned that deciduous trees are actively involved in the shedding of their leaves*

The very leaves through which they produced the carbohydrates that foster growth in other seasons but are stored in stems, roots, and branches during the winter months

The very leaves that are referred to as a tree’s “food factories”

But there is reason for the tree’s seeming betrayal or rejection of the leaves

The leaves contain watery sap inside them

Sap that would freeze during the winter season and possibly cost the tree its life

So these very leaves that are growth producing in one season can be deadly in another

Decidous trees respond to changes in the climate during the fall season: diminishing sunlight, cooler temperatures

They respond by developing a layer of cells at the base of each leaf that shuts down fluid and nutrient flow to and from the leaf

Then the tree cuts the leaves loose to get ready for winter

Adonai, help me to prepare for the winter seasons

Because they will come

Life is made up of seasons

Help me recognize what I need to shed during winter seasons

And give me the grace to do so

So that I can survive during these seasons and be ready for the renewal that will come when spring returns

For spring always does

*The seed of this post was first sown by a recent message preached by my pastor in his new series “Shift.” Information about trees was obtained from  http://www.ehow.com/facts_7403717_do-trees-lose-leaves-winter_.html#ixzz2qPEOQGwO


4 thoughts on “Letting go

  1. This is truly a profound analogy. To grow and survive, one has to let go / release those things that are toxic to the system.
    Thanks sis.

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