"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ... "
When is the right time to move on? When do you lie down your internal weapons venturing emotional release and look towards a new horizon?
Each time I am pressured to look at life's demises from another angle and embrace the sheer idea that I may have to change, I cringe. I never welcome a new beginning with open arms! Instead, I banter the cause at all cost looking at all the negative possibilities that could succumb me.
But still acknowledging another perspective I am reminded of this story:
A man weathering a hurricane prayed fervently to God pleading to save him. As the winds howled and whirled his prayers grew more desperate wondering if God would give him a sign. Feeling lost and secluded he collapsed succumbing to anything God placed in his path.
Within just a few moments he noticed the edge of the storm had passed and he was yet alive. He rose, descended his stairs, and noticed his living room was under water. He paced and cried, "Lord, help me! I am alive! Where am I to go now? How will I be saved?"
He climbed higher and found himself on the roof looking over his neighborhood which was lying low in eight feet of water. "Lord," he cried, "Come save me! I know you can hear me! I will wait for you!"
Shortly, a neighbor on a boat came and told him to jump in. He was deathly afraid of being in the water because he couldn't swim. "No, Sir, thank you, but God will provide," he stated. The boat man went on his way rescuing others.
The tide began to rise as more storm surge inundated the area. A helicopter whirled by with a box extended on a rope. "Stay steady and grab the rope," the pilot ordered. The man in fear of heights thanked him, but told him to move on. "I can't do this God, you know I'm afraid of heights," he shouted out loud, "Please send something else."
Finally three boys floated by on a homemade raft swept by the current that was forming. "Sir, do you need help? We have extra room," said one of the boys. "On that?!" the man thought to himself, "How? I'll tip over and die!" He waved them on.
The storm surge rose steadily now and before the man knew it, it had reached his bare toes. Cringing in disbelief, he felt its icy tentacles reaching further up his ankles gathering great force and sweeping him off his feet as it reached his knees.
Upon an untimely death, the man stood before God. "Why, God, did you desert me? I trusted and loved you all my life. I followed your ways, was a good Christian, and helped others every time you placed them on my path. Then here on my death bed, you couldn't even hear my plea. Where was my sign?" the man cried.
"Sign?" God stated. "I sent three, but you refused them."
How often do we refuse God's signs each day? Refusing them because they just don't have that right fit? We are afraid to venture out on these new beginnings unless God prepares a comfy transition. We don't want to feel uncomfortable and uneasy. Yet, we must realize we are placed in this cocoon waiting to be released to a new light. And with this new light can be new beginning. God does hear our pleas, and maybe, just maybe, he is knocking right now. Embrace the light!
Prayer of Change:
Heavenly Father, I look up to you in this time of change. Allow me to
have the courage to change my life for the better. Allow all my burdens to be
risen up to you as I know that You will see me through. Forgive those who have
done evil and allow me to do the same. Teach me to love with an open heart and
open spirit. Take time for me today to help with all the trials you have set out
for me and allow me the strength and energy to follow you. Give me the
blessings to find a new home, keep my family together, and bless those who are
away, may they be strong and know how much love is out there. Let them know you
and I are thinking of them and missing them dearly. Bless me with love,
strength, wisdom, health, courage, forgiveness, and a willingness to learn.