Enjoyed watching the sun rise into the sky while leaving Florida this morning.
I am reminded me that in saying hello to one thing, I must also, in turn, say goodbye to another at the same time.
Thinking of this in terms of places and things, it's so much easier than with people. I always think and believe that I have pep talked myself into being "ready" to say goodbye. Practice it; go over how I think it could or should go in my head, and still fall apart in the end.
I am not a fan of goodbyes. Life happens and people change. Some things just do not happen the way I think it should some times.
2 Corinthians 5:17 even speaks of the going and coming of things...
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
2012 has been a year to find peace with and enjoy being free from things that have held me back or tied up my time previously. A year to freely give over to God treasures in and of my heart that I have held onto so tightly for so long now. One also to realize just how freely God offers Himself to me, even when I do not deserve His goodness and grace.
I have been challenged tonight by these words in Matthew 10:5-8...
Jesus sent out these 12 after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and don’t enter any Samaritan town. Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.
I am not always quick to give others the same chance I have been given.
As God helps me, I pray for 2013 to be different in a way my heart knows even if others do not see it outwardly. However, if something on the inside changes, it will most likely bubble over to the outside...all to the glory of God!
God is good...no matter what.