Time to say goodbye
Ecclesiastes 3 vs 1, 6
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away.”
One of the most difficult things to do is know when to say goodbye. It’s very easy for one to plant roots, become comfortable and say this is it till kingdom come. We get used to our surroundings, form habits and before long, this becomes our life.
A friend spoke to me the other day; they had a difficult decision to make, they had just been offered a great new job and they were not sure what to do. Should they hold on to their present post and all the trappings, emotions, friendships and bonds that had been formed or should they take on this new frontier that had just come up?
My friend was in a quandary; I guess in all our different spheres of life we face similar challenges when the time comes when we have to move on. It might be to leave a relationship, move jobs, move cities or countries. Wherever we are, at some stage the opportunity arises when we have to make a choice as to whether to stay or go.
Abraham was confronted with a similar problem, he had never spoken to God and from nowhere, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “You must leave your home and go and settle elsewhere, through your bloodline I am going to make you a great nation.”
I am sure he was confused, troubled and hesitant. However, despite his fears, he said yes and chose to honour the Lord’s request, driven by the faith that it was going to be well. He left his family and all he knew behind, the rest of the story speaks of the journey with all its challenges and triumphs. The end result is that God kept his promise and Abraham was blessed beyond measure.
It took a lot for Abraham to agree and to accept that though he could not see the future, the father had seen ahead and all would be well. In our lives we are sometimes faced with the possibility of moving on, starting again, and letting go of the things we hold dear.
We all have difficult choices to make pertaining potential changes in our lives, the truth is that whatever changes we may be contemplating we must always make it a point to bring the matter before God.
Prayer and reading God’s word acts as an interface between us and God, it’s a powerful form of communication that was developed for our benefit. So before you make any major decisions, take time to seek the Lord in word and prayer. You will instinctively know whether the decision you are about to undertake is correct or not.
It’s interesting how our conscience plays a pivotal role in helping to speak to us. We clearly know what is right and wrong. The tricky part is whether we then decide to trust God based on the answer we will have received. It’s sometimes easier to ignore our innermost voice when it speaks to us. We tend to make decisions not based on His will for us but rather what we want, and when things go wrong we have ourselves to blame for the wrong choices we made.
Pray that He gives you the ability to discern His will for your life, and where you may need to pack up and say goodbye pray that He gives you the strength to do so, confident in the belief that He knows best.
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