How Can There Be Good in Goodbye?

Today is another long Chicago day for me.  I figured a repost would be good.  This is one from April of 2012. It seems to fit well with the current events in my life.  I hope it encourages you today.

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"May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”  Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud. Ruth 1:9

I wasn't good at saying "Goodbye" when I was a kid.  I remember one summer when my dad and my brother went to Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico.  In my little girl mind, I wasn't sure I'd ever see them again.  At the bus station, I stood tearfully clinging to my mom as those around us smiled and chuckled a bit at my obvious dismay.

I couldn't understand why they thought it was funny.

Goodbye was a word I didn't want to say - a feeling I didn't want to have.

How ironic that life with chronic illness seems to be all about saying many goodbyes.

You know them well, I'm sure.  We say goodbye to life as we knew it.  We say goodbye to jobs, and friends, and things we've loved dearly.  We say goodbye to hopes and dreams and plans.

And each letting go seems to leave a void in our lives.  That void can grow so large we can end up feeling almost completely empty.

Yet, I'm learning that in that emptiness I can draw close to God.

So many things cluttered up my previously healthy life, grabbing for my attention and keeping me from truly seeking God.

For me, all those goodbyes have paved the way truly finding God.

Hmmm .... the word  'God' is hidden in goodbye, isn't it?

Even when we can't see it,  even when it seems to be impossible; God is hiding somewhere in that goodbye.  And God promises that He will care for us as we hide in HIm.

Maybe there is some good in all those goodbye's after all.  Somewhere, somehow - we can find God in each and every one as we run to Him.

He will cover you with His pinions and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:4

Father God, It is challenging to say all of those goodbyes.  It is even more challenging to believe that we can find You, our hiding place, in the midst of those goodbyes.  Help us to continue to seek You and Your faithfulness, even in the most difficult losses.  Amen and amen.

For my email friends - have you visited the  Encouraging Words  website?  You can find devotionals listed by topics, visit the archives, and leave your thoughts on saying goodbye (or anything else you'd care to share!) I'd love to hear from you!  Just click on the link.  :)

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