I love kids. Almost all ages can get me to smile. But give me a room of teens and you have one happy camper. I am the most filled when I can be around these crazy, hormonal, drama filled people that are seeking and searching out a God they are just getting to really know and be used by. It is thrilling!!! The bad part about it though, is that they leave me. Seriously, they all seem to think they need to go off to college somewhere ;). This has not been an easy process for this control freak but it has been a molding that is shaping me into a much better mentor.
You see, the only person that I am really on the same exact path is, is my husband. There is never a time unless it would be death, that God will say, ok...your time together has been fulfilled, it's time to move on so that you can reach new people. But He is showing me over and over, that that is the exact thing He will and does say about the other people in my life! EVEN MY KIDS!
It's so easy to get comfortable with the friendships that we have, the people who make us laugh, hug us when we cry, and do life together on a daily basis. They are safe...they know me and I know them. Relationships (especially if you are a GIRL!) are hard. SO when you find the ones you click with, you really don't ever want to unclick. But when God says that it's time to let go, we are faced with a monumental choice. You see, if those two trains were connected with an unbreakable chain, when they separated, the chain would snap them both off the track. And that right there is the consequence I face when I decide that I don't want someone's path to go a different direction than mine. I don't see down the way to the people and purposes God has for each of us. I only see the hurt that the emptiness of their departure has left me!
God, in that moment, gently opens my eyes up to the fact that I was holding onto something that wasn't mine in the first place. WE ARE HIS!
Let's remember today, that while we love people, if we are truly surrendered to God, what He chooses to do with each of our lives, will be better even if it comes with pain. His ways outshine anything I can think up.
Who or what is God asking you to let go of today? What are you afraid of? God doesn't take away without filling back in with a Love more powerful and overflowing than anything you can imagine. Trust Him with it...all of it!