Driving to work over this past week, I have noticed the leaves beginning to change ever so slightly. At first I thought how quickly this year has sped past us – then I thought I couldn’t wait to watch the amazing colors burst forth. Then, yesterday, a friend of mine updated her status on facebook with the following statement
“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”
Wow. What a statement! I don’t know about you, but I don’t always let go easily. There is a really popular song right now (okay, mostly with those under the age of 10!) Let It Go! We laugh and / or get annoyed with that song/lyric being played and sung over and over again – but I would like to think about that for a moment.
Let it go, let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore! Let it go, let it go! Turn away and slam the door!
How many things, emotions, people do I simply “hold onto”? How often do I fail to go forward in my life because I won’t release these things. What am I responsible for delaying, or even stopping, in my life because I just don’t see the dead things? That lyric even lines up spiritually. Repent. To turn. Now, I am not saying that everything that we hold onto are things for which we need to repent. But, I am saying that when we choose to “Let it Go!” we can’t keep turning around to “check” on those things! We have to TURN. “turn away and slam the door!”
I am not just looking for a new season. I am ready for that season. I am tuly excited to watch and see the trees change. To watch the trees remind me, in the wise words of my friend, “how lovely it is to let the dead things go”.
There are some other lyrics in that same song that I want to sing just as loudly –
And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all! It’s time to see what I can do – to test the limits and break through……… Here I stand and here I’ll stay! Let the storm rage on…. I’m never going back, the past is in the past…… Let it Go!