Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 11, 2007

Falling leaves

It is approaching mid-November. I’ve made one pass, clearing the yard of leaves. Now I stand outside, looking up into two old oak trees that still carry their full load of leaves. Summer has gone, and autumn is about to turn to winter; most of the trees around have already shed their mantles, but these two trees still firmly clutch their summer coats, cleaving to their leaves, hoping to avoid the inevitable until far beyond the time when they should have let go.

Like these old oak trees, do we sometimes hold onto things long after we should have let go, because of loyalty, security, a sense of responsibility, or a host of other reasons? The Bibles tells us that “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

There are some things in life over which we have no control. Many other things are lent to us to mold and shape, to carve or chisel, or to otherwise leave our mark on, but only for a season. Then we must leave behind that thing that has become so much a part of us, and move on.

Recognizing when time has run out on things so close to our heart is one of life’s biggest challenges; letting go of those things can be nearly unbearable. But to hold to a thing long beyond its season, and far exceeding our lease, is an act of selfishness that can do great damage to us and to others, and detract from that new thing that we now must be about doing.



  1. I think this concept is more important than what many realize…

  2. […] days. Then again, I have already been taken by surprise by this winter. December 1st, I finished clearing the last of the leaves from my yard; we got our first snowfall later that afternoon and it has stuck around since. I’ve been […]

  3. I had a dream once that perfectly illustrates your words. There were two trees: on one was a pear that had been left so long it was shriveled, brown and dry; on the other was a new pear, not yet ripe. I pulled it off the tree. So one fruit I had left too long, and the other I pulled off too early.

    There’s a right time for everything. This is something I’m still learning, some six years after that dream! Thanks for your wise words.

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