Shortly after the Civil War General Robert E. Lee was visiting in Kentucky. One day a woman took General Lee to see the remains of what had once been a beautiful old tree standing in her front yard. The woman loved the tree and Lee listened patiently as she cried and cursed the Yankees whose artillery fire had destroyed the trees’ limbs and much of its trunk. When the woman finished her rage she looked at Lee, waiting for some denunciation of the Yankees, or at least a word of sympathy. But Lee paused for a moment, and said to the woman: “Cut it down, my dear madam, and forget it.”
Is there something you are hanging on to? Were you mistreated in the past and you are still hanging on to it? Did you make a mistake and you are still talking about it? Sometimes, we can hang on to something in the past and never move forward.
In Deuteronomy 1:6-7, Moses said, “You Have stayed at this mountain long enough…now move on.” God was telling Israel their time of wandering was almost done. They needed to move toward the promised land.
Maybe you have been circling a mountain. Not a literal mountain, but something in your mind. Maybe a wrong that was done to you. Maybe a hurt from the past. The loss of a job….a divorce…a mistake…it happened, it’s done but you are rehearsing it. You talk about it a lot.
Friend, listen to what Moses told Israel…” You have stayed at this mountain long enough…move on.”
In the words of General Lee, cut the tree down and forget it