I was walking our dog yesterday….a cool, crisp, sunny fall-like day (LOVE these days) …..when I noticed one lone leaf fall from a maple tree. The leaf was different shades of orange, a true sign of the coming of fall. But I couldn't help but wonder something. How is it that that particular leaf was the first to fall from its mother tree? What made it "let go?" Was it the weakest leaf? Was it tired after the long, difficult summer we've experienced? Or was it just "time" to let go?
You know where I'm going with this, don't you? ; ) When we are faced with difficulties, indecisions, questioning, etc., what does it take for us to finally "Let Go?" And, an even better question is "WHY do we hang on so long, clinging to that which is overwhelming us?" I like to think it is my "human-ness" that makes me want to fix it myself, figure it out myself, turn it around myself. After all, who knows me better than me, right?
When I am finally able to let go and let God (and NOT retrieve whatever it is that's causing me distress) there is a peace that comes. It's not always in our time table, though. In fact, as I think about it, it's rarely in my time table.
So about that lone leaf, I think she just KNEW it was time to let go. I hope each one of us can remember that little story and learn from it. Had I not noticed her at that precise moment, I would not have had the pleasure of seeing her let go and just float slowly, gracefully to the earth….back from whence she came.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable