Time to say good­bye

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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.

Be blessed.

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