There is a universal truth we all have to face. Whether we want it to or not, everything eventually ends.
The last day of summer.
The final chapter of a great book.
Parting ways with a loved one.
As much as I anticipate new adventures, I've always disliked endings. But endings are inevitable.
We close the book.
You say goodbye.
I just returned from a ten-day vacation in Scotland. In that beautiful, enchanted land, God brought about a long-awaited ending in my life.
In the Highlands, I finally said goodbye to a broken heart. To an "I do" promise that didn't stick. There, He allowed me to release the plans I thought my future would hold.
Everything that was familiar.
All the earthly things I held secure.
And enabled me to embrace a new beginning.
God breathed new life into a heart restored by Him. And allowed me to see fresh possibilities. To glimpse the wonder-filled plans that He's unfolding before my eyes.
It's been a journey two and a half years in the making.
I learned at a soul-deep level that endings promise beginnings. Sometimes it takes a while to move on.
But God's timing is perfect.
He walks beside us in the dark valleys towards the sunrise mountaintops.
And He reminds us with each step how much we're loved.
How much we're cherished.
Maybe you can't relate. Maybe you don't care. But there's an overarching truth that gives us all hope: when we trust God to heal us, He never disappoints.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
Have you experienced significant endings and beginnings in your life? I'd love to hear your story.