I was sitting on the back deck this morning doing my devotion and I noticed that one of our trees has a batch of leaves that are dead. I remembered back when the fall came these leaves did not fall. There’s a purpose in that season just like there is a purpose in the seasons of our own lives. But the leaves did not let go, instead they hung on through the harsh winter and I was amazed (at the time) that the leaves were so strong and were holding on through such a bitter winter. Finally spring came and the branches were the leaves had let go and fallen off began to spring forth with new bright green leaves. However, the leaves that never let go where still hanging on but they were dull, brown and lifeless. Then came the pricking question in my spirit. What things are you holding on to that you need to let go of? Ouch! There are many…hurts, regrets, fears, disappointments, discontentment. If I would just let go, God would bring new life into those areas that are not fruitful. I want to let go but I don’t. I guess that’s how Paul felt when he said the things I want to do I don’t do and the things I don’t want to do I do. I can certainly relate. But thank God for the rest of the story. Paul goes on to say in Roman 7:25 “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (NLT) Even though sometimes it feels like I will never let go, that I will never be free in certain areas of my life, I know that God will rescue me! Nothing is too difficult for Him. Fall is coming soon and by God’s grace I will trust Him to help me let go of those things that I need to release to Him so that He can replace them with new life that is fruitful and beautiful.