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  • Writer's pictureHeather Roberts

It’s so hard to say goodbye

                            It’s so hard to say goodbye

          I have received the same message five times in the last five days. I’m thinking I should listen. You might find this hard to believe, but I’m stubborn. Maybe that’s why He needed to repeat Himself. I don’t like change, no one does. The thing I hate most about change is leaving people that were a support system for me. It feels so scary and just plain wrong. Why can’t I just hang out with these same people?

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A puddle splayed out in front of me, muddy and shallow. Then I stuck my head in this puddle searching for depth and only finding mud. He said, “Don’t look in a puddle and expect to find an ocean. Puddles grow stagnant and infested with bacteria.”

            I then saw a beautiful flower, I watched as it died and withered away. I felt a deep sadness. “Snip off the dead flowers so fresh growth can occur.”

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(You probably aren’t as stubborn as I am so I only gave you two out of the five.)

            I’m trying to learn that change isn’t always bad and to expect wonderful things. I always thought I had a pretty good dose of faith, but my current life has me re-evaluating that assumption. If I believe God has only good things for me and He will work out all things for the good of those who love Him. Why am I not thrilled about letting go of the old to discover the new and exciting thing He has planned for me?

          It’s so hard to say goodbye?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Prayer for you and me:

Lord Jesus, increase our faith. Increase our joy in the discovery of all that You have for us. Help us wait in peace as You go before us and prepare the way. We desire to say “yes” to You at the deepest level possible. Let nothing within us cling to the old and turn from Your glorious plan for us. We trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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