This morning as I drank in the sights and sounds of a thawing winter along the river, I noticed that there seemed to be a spaciousness there… a lot more light… more space. I soon noticed the stumps of several large, old trees. The city had been in during the week and had cleared out a number of the old, dying trees. Giants, they were. As I stood near one stump I wondered how many springs that tree had seen…
The removal of the trees had provided … space. Although during many years, these trees had played an important role in the ecosystem of the park by the river, it was time that they were removed. Spirit whispered to mine alongside the cool breeze against my cheeks…
Are there things in my life that have stood for many years that I need to let go of? Maybe some legalistic beliefs that no longer serve? A friendship or relationship that provides more stress or more pain than it used to? A community that no longer feels as life-giving as it once was? Or maybe it’s a job? A commitment?
Getting rid of a huge tree is no easy feat. It takes time. It takes work. And so it is with other things we need to let go of. Sometimes it happens in stages. (The first being contemplation.) And as a large tree comes down in stages, so might the things of which we need to let go.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: …. A time to plant and a time to uproot… …. A time to keep and a time to throw away… “
Last summer I let go of a job. It was hard. I wrestled for months with that decision. In the end, the fruit it was producing was not good fruit, nor the type of fruit that I wanted to grow in my life. I was fearful. But letting go of that job has provided my soul with more space for growing… and the fruit that I’m seeing is beautiful.
In the same way, I look forward to seeing the changes over the years of the spaciousness in the park by the river. There will be an opportunity for other trees to grow and flourish. I look forward with anticipation… space has been created for new growth.
“See I am doing a new thing; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…” Is.43:19