saying goodbye is hard. saying “hello” can seem more so. walking into a room of new people, with stories i don’t know and opinions i’m not privy to, can seem like the most daunting task i’ve known.
the thing is, each new person, each new relationship brings its own new story. there’s no guarantee every part of the story will be pretty, and that’s scary. it’s more scary when things don’t go exactly as we hope, and we wonder why hurt, or difference, or struggle, was allowed.
i’m learning anew that my Papa, in His grace, allows the “hard,” because there is business with me He wants to take care of. as my “friend” beth moore said (loosely quoted), “sometimes there are things in us God knows can only be removed by a face-to-face battle with the enemy.” i am learning again (as if for the first time, in some ways), that if it’s been allowed, it’s for Love, and it’s for my good. i’m learning again, in a new season, to trust the One who made me, and who promises, it is so.
is there something you’re walking through that hurts? that reveals ugly? i’m standing beside you, friend, and i’m daring you to dive in to the story fully – your story – of redemption. look hard and dare to see what there is in you that needs digging out, peeling away, burning off. i promise – it will be worth it.
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