John 12:42-43 (AMP)
Nevertheless, even many of the leading men believed in Him [as Savior and Messiah], but because of the Pharisees they would not confess it, for fear that [if they acknowledged Him openly] they would be put out of the synagogue (excommunicated); 43 for they loved the approval of men more than the approval of God.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (AMP)
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval. 3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Hebrews 1:8-12 (AMP)
But about the Son [the Father says to Him], “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of [absolute] righteousness is the scepter of His kingdom. 9 “You have loved righteousness [integrity, virtue, uprightness in purpose] and have hated lawlessness [injustice, sin]. Therefore God, Your God, Has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; 11 They will perish, but You remain [forever and ever]; And they will all wear out like a garment,12 and like a robe You will roll them up; like a garment they will be changed. But You are the same [forever], and Your years will never end.”
Mark 8:31-38 (NRSV)
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
On my spiritual journey God has provided for me in so many wonderful ways. He has brought people and situations into my life at the right moments for a season or reason and He has let them go out of my life at the right times. How do I know this?
Every time a person or situation has come into my life that has been sent by God something extraordinary happens which are opportunities for me to see God at work which are major learning moments for me. Likewise, when it’s time for them to leave or for me to let go of a particular relationship or situation something extraordinary takes place.
What do I mean by these extraordinary happenings? When the person or situation is coming into my life, these extraordinary happenings come in the form of them bringing me unexpected blessings (wisdom, opportunities, food, knowledge, compassion, understanding or even money). Usually it’s an odd match up by the looks of the relationship or situation. Outside of common values or similarities, we would have very little in common but God in His wisdom brings people together for the season or reason that He planned according to His purpose.
On the other hand when it’s time for the season or reason to be transformed by the change of letting go, the behavior of the person or situation becomes strange or weird all of the sudden. They do or say somethings that bewilders me because it’s totally out of the ordinary or out of the blue. Usually when a person is leaving my life their values and or principles seemingly become twisted or lost altogether.
I think of these times as confirmations of where God wants me to be and with whom. These times are seen as opportunities for me to practice what God has taught me in terms of forgiveness, love, compassion, taking care of myself and relying on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Without the leading of the Holy Spirit I would often be lost in trying to figure out what’s happening and why it’s happening in terms of these relationships. My experience has taught me how to let go and be led by the Spirit. It’s been proven to be always the wisest decision I could make.
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.