I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good with change. I especially hate to let people go. I mean, I even cried uncontrollably when Friday Night Lights came to an end.
Heading to college was an exciting but emotional time, as I was so anxious about missing my family and friends from home. After I was all moved in to my dorm and it was time to say goodbye, my mom held back tears and said, “I’m not going to cry, because I know that, ultimately, you belong to the Lord, and this is where He has placed you for the next four years.”
It may have taken a few weeks for me to adjust, but she was right. That is exactly where God had placed me for those four years.
It’s hard to let go and embrace new changes, cities, and experiences, but when you’re trusting God and following His will, it’s so much easier. In God, we can rest in the promise that He has a plan.
My mom’s mom, Babby, always says, “The center of God’s will is the place of your greatest happiness.”
And so, this week, when my heart is hurting now that the wedding is over and sweet Cally has been whisked away to the city that never sleeps, I’m taking comfort in the Truth that even though change can be hard, the best place to be is in the center of God’s will, no matter where it may take you. It may take some adjusting, but without a doubt, I know that for Cally, the center of God’s will is for her to be with Marshall, and He has some BIG plans in store for these two newlyweds.
I’m also so grateful for the bonds of believers that span across states, timezones, and oceans. When two people pray to and worship the same God, there is a connectedness that continues no matter where you live.
Letting go of children, siblings, friends, and communities is never easy, but when you’re sending them off/leaving to accomplish God’s good and perfect plans, rather than mourn over what will no longer be, we can rejoice in what’s to come!
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.