Today I have the most difficult prompt word yet, “abscission.” I had to look it up. It means “the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.”
I can imagine an avocado tree saying to its mature daughter, “You’re old enough to stand on your own two feet now. I’m letting go. Bye!” The tree starts building a barrier between itself and the fruit until the fruit just drops off. The tree does not miss the fruit or suffer any damage for its loss.
I’ve heard of bird species where fledglings are basically kicked out of their nest by the parents when they are old enough to fly off and make their own life and family. While the chicks are still young, the parents are fiercely protective of them, (I was once attacked by a Guinea fowl when I tried to take photos of her chicks) but once they have left home, the parents seem to forget about them.
Humans are not so. When our children leave home there is always sadness. In South Africa, it is fairly common for adult children to leave for another country, taking beloved grandchildren with them. For the parents it is like having their family torn from them and counselors and psychologists are kept busy coaching them through the trauma. I wonder if it would be easier if some kind of abscission were at play in us.
But we are made in the image of God. God never lets go of His children.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;” (Isaiah 49:15 -16a NIV)
Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30 NIV)
With God there is no abscission. Far from building a barrier between us, God is in the business of removing the sin-barrier that exists between us and Him. That is why Jesus came. That is why He died.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your promise that You will never leave me nor forsake me, that none can wrest me from Your hands. Thank You for Your fierce love that gave Your all for me. Amen.