This week marks the twentieth anniversary of a major winter storm system that came through Colorado and Nebraska. I was newly married, living in Denver. I woke up October 23rd to find over two feet of snow already on the ground and more was still coming down. By the end of the day, Denver was officially shut down, the airport was shut down, everything came to a complete stop. Just days after, the storm hit Lincoln, Nebraska with the same force. Damage was all over the town, including 300,000 who were without power.
Trees, during the fall, are full of their second colors and holding leaves for their grand finale. But when this storm hit, the trees were weighted down with the snow as well. Each tree seemed to have lost a branch under the heaviness. I learned that God designed the trees to withstand the weight of the leaves or the weight of the snow in winter. The branches were not designed to hold the weight of both.
As believers, we also have seasons. There are periods when God hands us something to hold and times when He asks us to let go of something. In the seasons I have experienced, I have enjoyed holding onto my sons and husband as our sons have grown, but now I am faced with letting them go. I am not happy with it, I love my sons. But I also know that it is their time to learn where to hold on and where to let go.
Just like a child may want to tape the falling leaves back on the branches, we try to keep things just the same. No changes needed here, thank you. God knows that staying where we are will actually bring decay to our faith.
Best Beloved, trying to stop something from happening does not stop it from coming, it just stops our ability to appreciate the change. We must keep moving so that we can keep growing. We are on a journey, after all.