Today I closed a chapter of my life and opened another.
It may not seem all that important to some, but to me it did strange things to my emotions. I didn’t even sleep well in anticipation of the big change.
I mean, am I the only one alive that is sad to say goodbye to a faithful car that is almost ready to bite the dust when it means that I also get to be happy about getting a new car that runs well and doesn’t have any apparent problems?
After all, there are a lot of happy memories wrapped up in that old car.
- Both of the kids were in car seats for a considerable amount of time.
- We made an uncountable amount of trips to and from school for about 9 grades or so in that car.
- We drove it to family outings and to eat with friends and family.
- It was our transportation to the park or to eat ice cream.
- We took it to the store, to the library, to yard sales with exciting finds.
- My son started his driver’s ed training in it.
- We had several important conversations in it that are memorable.
- We drove it to church countless times.
- And there’s more, but I think you understand what I mean.
Now the “kids” have started talking seriously about which college they want to attend. They aren’t kids anymore.
One of them is on his way to getting his driver’s license and very well could be leaving home in a little over a year.
Saying goodbye to the old to say hello to the new can leave us with so many mixed thoughts and emotions.
I wouldn’t want my babies to stay babies forever. That would be sadder yet.
But it’s so hard to let go and let them fly out into a world full of spiritual mine fields, not to mention the dangers of every day life that “could” happen.
Yet, we have been training them for such a time as this. Hmm where have I heard that phrase before? Oh yes, Esther 4:14.
So, the thing is, God has not only put me exactly where He wants me for such a time as this, but He also has plans for those we have been training. I need to let them go become the young adults that God wants them to be, to accomplish the important-in-the-kingdom-of-God jobs that He is preparing them to perform for His glory.
So, before I left the car dealership, I touched the surface of the car to make sure it was not too hot, then I gave it a quick kiss goodbye.
But I don’t have to say goodbye to the memories. They are still there.
And now we have a new car (and I’m thankful for it) to make new memories in as the young people, whom God has so blessed us with, move into new areas of training so they can move out into the areas of service to which God is calling them.
What about you? Do you find change difficult? What are some verses that help you in times like this? Would you be so kind as to share them with me in the comment section below?
Thanks so much! 🙂