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throwback thursday: moving forward to new things | fall, letting old things die

throwback thursday: moving forward to new things | fall, letting old things die

from september/october 2009

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Recently a Facebook friend of mine posted a status about her reticence to let a project fall apart completely so that it could move forward to completion.

Too often we are too reluctant to let something established, something upon which we rely, to die. We fail to be en-couraged and secure in the truly lasting aspects of life to let that which is temporary be what it is – temporary. These things were never designed or built to last forever. Come on, let’s just move on to the next thing!

Certainly, there are times when we should bring restoration and rehabilitation. The key is discernment – to know when those times are. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV). It is so disastrous for all involved when we do not know when to let go and let it die.

Death is not always something from which we should run – it is something to be embraced. For with death comes a new form of life. Choose to live your life perceiving and understanding the end of things for what it truly is – a portal, a gateway to something else, something more, something bigger and better. It’s all about moving forward.

You know, we can learn so much from nature!

ansley park fall tree

my favorite fall tree!!!

Currently our season is autumn, or fall (in the United States). In some climates the trees’ leaves are turning brilliant hues and we flock to those locations to bask in their glory. However, in all our basking, do we comprehend the transition that the leaves and the trees are experiencing?

As the days become shorter and winter sets in, there is not as much sunlight to support photosynthesis, which means the leaves are not producing food for the trees. (During this time, the trees will “hibernate” and live off food stored during the warmer months.) So as chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, so does the green color. In its place, red, yellow, and orange colors appear. In fact, these colors are always present, just hidden by the green chlorophyll!

It can’t be spring time all of the time. We must have a change of season; we must take time to retreat, to rest – to die – to transition. Yes, we must sometimes let it all fall apart and rebuild. Ask any contractor; retrofitting is more than likely way more expensive than demolition and beginning anew. Don’t hold on tightly to anything. Everything has a time and a season.

What can we learn from our garden flowers? Oh, that’s really precious! We have “annuals” and we have “perennials”; trees are perennials. “Annuals complete their life cycle in one growing season. They die when winter comes, but their seeds remain, ready to sprout again in the spring.” {emphasis mine}

So as we enjoy the glory of the leaves this fall, let’s think about those things in our lives that we ought to let die so there is room, come spring, for the new and fresh aspects of life that we know not yet.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
(Isaiah 43:18-19a, NIV)

“‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him’ —
but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

Sources:
The Holy Bible, New International Version.

“Autumn Leaf Color: Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall?” by Science Made Simple.

(c) 2009, candi dugas, llc

About rev. dr. candi

i am a practical, judeo-christian theologian who believes that "g~d is still speaking;" so, i will never "put a period where g~d has placed a comma." (ucc.org) NOTE: my posts & comments expressed on this blog reflect my personal beliefs, thoughts, opinions, etc. & not necessarily those held or expressed by any organization with which i am affiliated. ~rev. candi rev. dr. candi dugas is an ordained clergyperson in the church within a church movement (cwac.us).

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