Today we head home. I am torn–ready to be back to our special place in this world, but not wanting to say goodbye yet again to my daughter, son-in-love and precious (now 3) grandchildren. 🙂 But I have another daughter, son, daughter-in-love and two more granddaughters who miss us back home.
I have never liked saying goodbye. But through the years God has faithfully had me let go of people and places I love dearly in order to trust Him with my unknown future. In my nearly 53 years I have learned that even when I don’t know what God is doing or why He is doing it, He is good. He knows what is best even when I think I can’t do what He is asking me to do.
Surrender is the key.
It isn’t a surrender of defeat, but of humble respect. God is the Lord of my life. I belong to Him. I want my life to matter for what He has ordained for me for His glory. This includes saying yes to His will, when everything in me is screaming NO.
I will hug my grandchildren goodbye tomorrow and cry as we drive away wishing there wasn’t the distance between us. I will listen as my husband gently cares for me in my sadness and speaks the Truth I so desperately need to hear. I will thank God for Skype, e-mail and text messaging that keeps us close when miles separate us. But honestly? I won’t like it.
God is busy accomplishing His will in all of our lives through the challenges we face. The question is are we embracing His lead with joyful surrender or resisting His lead with obstinate refusal?
I have a feeling I’ll be needing to read this post again tomorrow as a reminder to myself.
What challenges are you facing that are difficult for you to surrender to God’s will? How have you let go in order to grab hold of God’s good purposes in your life and marriage?
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Thank you for this post. Last year, we closed down our long-time business, sold almost everything we had, re-homed our pets, said goodbye to our grown daughter, and moved out of state to follow God’s will with a non-profit company. Without warning, we were laid-off last month! We lost the little bit of income and the use of the company vehicle. We are now waiting on what God has for us next.
Life is always about risk. Giving and letting go, holding on and loving too. Praying for you all. I know it is really hard right now.
I love how you trust and honor God, my friend. I am watching and learning.
Add me to the list of people who miss you. See you soon.