Gateway to Life
“Gateway to Life”
I wonder what it feels like in that last moment, the moment before the final release, the moment of final surrender when the leaf finally lets go of the branch and floats gently toward the ground.
In all my 45 years, I don’t know that I have ever seen a leaf break off of the branch which has held it for seasons. I have seen plenty of leaves on the ground or even flying in the air during the fall months. But today, as I glanced out my window, I actually saw a leaf let go and float, suspended in the air, until it touched the ground.
I’m not even sure a full second passed before I knew in my heart that God wanted me to see the color of that “dead” leaf. It was a beautiful color of red with bits of gold shining through.
Death, although it feels black and charred and crispy is really anything but drab. When we, like the leaves of a tree, finally let go of our place on this earth, we will be brilliantly dressed in glorious colors of beauty as we ascend into the arms of our Savior. You see, death as we see it here on earth is really not death at all. We LIVE in heaven. In fact, we will be the most alive we have ever been! We will not hurt. We will not cry. We will not need or want or wish we had stayed green on the tree.
Those of us walking life now, looking around us at the leaves in our lives turning from green to shades of red with golden edges, let us see this process as a progression to life. Let us tilt our head up just a little so that our eyes are on what is ahead instead of what is being left behind. Let us peer through the trees, through the covered opening, at what is really on the other side. And during this season of fall, may we be constantly reminded that there is so much beauty to be found in the “letting go”. Only God can redeem the sting of death by promising way greater things to those who believe. I believe, today, in life everlasting...