We are at the beautiful fault line of a season-shift. The transition from winter to spring is my absolute favorite time of the year. The part that gets me the most is the very first bright green signs of life smiling at me. Up to this point we have had to endure the cold appearance of death from winter's chill...while remembering that the death was necessary.
I read this morning of John baptizing in the wilderness. He came with a message of repentance to make the way straight for the One who was coming after him. He was in essence proclaiming that there had to be a death of old self to make room for the new that the Lord was about to do. Their hearts needed to be ready, and that required shedding some leaves.
This requirement still holds true today. We cannot keep wearing our winter clothes and then just put on t-shirts and shorts on top of them when it gets warmer outside. That sounds ridiculous, but that is what we try to do in our hearts when we are not willing to repent and turn away from our own ways that are adverse to the Lord's. There has to be a step of change. There has to be a turn signal, then the wheels must start moving in that direction.
There was a reason that the trees had to shed all of those leaves in the autumn. No new life could burst forth while old remained. There had to be a laying down of something to prepare the way for what was to come.
What do you need to lay down, let go of, and walk away from with the grace of God? As difficult as it may be, just remember that new is on the way.
Father, I long for the new life that bursts forth at the season change. Help me to lay down what I need to in making room for what You have to come. In Jesus' Name. Amen.