Well it has come to this, finally: we need to say “so long.” Our last Sunday with you will be June 17. As many have said, it’s not a final “goodbye,” because the truth is that for the believer in Jesus, we WILL see you again. Maybe on this earth at your house or mine; but certainly one day to come in our Father’s house!
Transitions are never really easy. We’ve experienced plenty of them, but it never really gets easier. We may get a little better at packing boxes (Make sure you pack the delicate things well with newspaper. Label it well so you know where it will go in the new place, blah, blah, blah). But saying our farewells is not so easy. So we’ll just say, “So long” to the community of wonderful people in Bowman and the surrounding communities, and hope that our “someday” will come soon.
Maybe you’re a little like me: the emotions that come with transitions are something like wild animals: they sometimes are hard to tame, they are often strong, they are often unpredictable, and they are often very exciting to watch as they perform!
That is something like what my family and I have been experiencing these days:
- We are saying “goodbye” to those we already love in one place, but we are feeling the excitement and anticipation of saying “hello” to a new set of people we will certainly grow to love in another place!
- There is the certainty of what we know, all that is familiar to us, balanced with the uncertainty that comes with the unknown: unknown faces, places, and spaces.
- With these activities come some “wild animal” emotions.
Maybe you’re also going through life changes. It’s tempting to want to have everything all figured out: what life will be like in our new “world.” It’s tempting to want to seize control, to have everything all planned out. We may know where we are going, and even what we will be doing. But the precise how and what remain very much in question. That can be hard.
But a wise word from the Lord comes to us from the letter the apostle, James. A word so needed in his time and so critically important for us to remember in our day:
“13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
We are like the mist of an early summer morning. But our lives belong to the Lord. With that in mind, our comfort comes in knowing that in the eternal perspective, our life together is secure and eternal.