April #jammed: Grace Studies.
Day 94: Never really good-bye.
“ So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
She could barely walk to the car fast enough. As her steps got closer to the car door, her trembling mouth and watery eyes confirmed what her hurried gait had already given away. The day we had anticipated for weeks had finally come, and the final good-bye had become a reality. It’s never easy to say, but life demands it from us. The best way to part is in positivity, knowing that we met on purpose, became close by blessing, and will forever remain connected by memory.
I’m always careful to let my girls feel their feelings, and express their emotions. Only after they have, can peace be restored. They miss their friends. It’s not the same without them, and change is never easy. But change is humanity.
Today’s verse reminds us why change is not only good, but healthy for the soul. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all innately crave a little change. In the season, in location, in company, in food cravings, in exercise, hobbies …we are constantly evolving, as we were made to be! When Jesus is in control of our journey, we can expect change. We will change until the day we hug Him in heaven.
Friends mark our lives whether they are present for its entirety or just a few heartbeats. Today’s verse reminds us to take solace in the partings of this life, and embrace the next big adventure …or the next new friend.
Let’s be encouraged and reminded by today’s verse, that what we see with our eyes is only the tip of the iceberg. “All is fleeting.” All. Everyone. Everything. The day we say good-bye to this world is the day we set our feet home, in heaven.
So, how do we focus on what we cannot see, like today’s verse beckons us? We grab the hand of Jesus, and let Him lead …trusting His good plan for our precious lives. Created in His Father’s image, He longs to be with us where He is. (John 17: 24) Let go of control, and embrace His change. Begin to live.
Father, Praise You for Jesus, and the hope He brings through the changes in our lives. Some are fun changes, exciting changes …and others are hard, confusing, and sad. But thank You for being the good God that You are, looking out for us in ways that are far beyond our sight and understanding. We confess the times in life that we do not embrace change, and ask that You bless our hearts to seek the life-changing love of Jesus every day of our lives. In His Name, Amen.
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