I conducted a funeral of a man who died of heart failure at the age of 56. It was sudden and he was the central part of his family. As I shared with the family some thoughts of comfort and challenge to live according to God’s plan, many in the room were upset and kept asking why.
They were not content to accept his death as the period of his life. They wanted answers to their questions. For this man’s family, his life ended with a question mark and not a period. It is a difficult thing to realize that God has place a period in our lives when we only want a comma, question mark or better yet, to just keep going.
Too many times we stay at the periods of life when we are really supposed to move on. In other words, we need to let go and accept the new place in life and trust God. How are we to let go and move on when those times come? How do you accept the periods in life, family, or business? How do we let go when we do not understand?
All things come to an end
Solomon stated it pretty clearly in the Bible; there is a time and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). Lives come to an end, relationships, days, weeks, months, years, and seasons come to an end. When we realize that some seasons are shorter and other seasons are longer then we can better move on when one season ends.
My wife and I are facing our last child leaving home. I must admit we are looking forward to the time we have together but we also mourn the days when our children depended on us for everything. Now we enjoy our grandchildren and watching our kids succeed in life.
All things have a beginning
There is a reason the windshield of your car is bigger than the rear view mirror. Because what is coming up is much more important than what is past. I have had many periods in my life that did not seem to come at a good time. I was not ready for that season or relationship to be over. Yet the season was over, and I had a decision to make. Keep trying to put a “question mark” of why, instead of a period or simply accept and look forward to what was coming next.
We are not supposed to hang around the “periods” in life wondering what went wrong, what we could have done differently, or even try to change the period, but move on to the next sentence, paragraph, or even book. Your best days are ahead of you. Remember today is the beginning of all new things. Enjoy it!!!
Have you had to let go when you did not understand?