The Last Hold-Outs

Be on the lookout for them in the next couple of weeks. The last hold-outs of autumn.

These stubborn fall leaves will not “go gentle into that good night” (Dylan Thomas). They will cling tightly to life and refuse—as long as possible—to fulfill their God-given destinies to fall to the ground with the rest of their comrades. You might say if they had fingernails, they’d be hanging on by them.

As we look at these last autumn hold-outs, maybe we need to ask ourselves if there is anything we’re clinging tightly to in spite of God’s direction to let go. Is there anything we’re refusing to submit to Him?

Are we clinging to a behavior or an attitude that the Word of God clearly calls sin? Has the Holy Spirit shone His convicting light on an area we’re not quite ready to let go of yet? Or maybe we’re clinging to a person, a possession, or a goal when God has asked us to loosen our grip. It might even be something new or different we feel God is leading us to do, but we’re still at a point of resisting.

Let’s not be among the last hold-outs from God. Instead, let’s fulfill our God-given destinies. Let’s not refuse Him any longer.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

*Flickr photo by *clarity*, Creative Commons License

*I have a fun Thanksgiving week post to share with you next time. Be sure to check in Sunday evening or in the days following (that will be my only post during the holiday week). Hope you get a chance to drop by!


  1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, Cheryl! I’m looking forward to your post.

  2. You always make me think. I like that. Thanks dear friend! Such a beautiful picture too.

  3. I have a number of Maple trees in the backyard which are now entirely naked. Those last hold outs met their match in last night’s wind – – a real blustery 7 fierce one.

    God had a way of sending His contrary winds to loosen those hold-outs in our hearts. I much prefer them falling on their own before such is needed.

    A blessed & joy-filled Thanksgiving to you & yours,


  4. i love your post! thanks for sharing… God bless you loves soraya

  5. Faith, Hope, and Love, thanks so much for visiting my blog! I visited your blog but had trouble leaving a comment. Hope you signed up for follow-up comments here. I love the verses from John that you have on your sidebar. All blessings to you this Thanksgiving season!

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