In the final scene of the movie Hope Floats Sandra Bullock’s character says, “Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts.”
I have gone through numerous beginnings that terrified me and endings that knocked the wind out of me. With each change I have been able to look at all the “stuff” in the middle and say, “What a blessing.”
This week I had the wind knocked out of me again. My husband and I learned that one of our dear friends would be moving away due to the work God has called them to. We love them and support them one hundred precent – it just hurts.
My emotions have covered the entire spectrum from hurt to hopeful all because this reality -beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad.
The “what if’s” are what make the beginnings so scary and the endings so sad. Most of us live our lives trying to avoid the beginnings and ends all because of the fear of the unknown. We let the what if’s cause us to hang on to our plans with a death grip, doing everything our our power to gain control of the situation. When we react this way, we quench the Spirit and miss out on experiencing the growth that comes through stepping out in faith and trusting God.
Also by focusing on avoiding the beginnings and the ends, we lose sight of how sacred the middle part truly is. Fear of the unknown keeps us waiting for the other shoe to drop while it robs us of the joy of the middle.
God has been challenging me to live in the beginnings and the ends, to embrace them rather than avoiding them, to take each change knowing God is working all things out for my good.
I have learned that in order to live in each change, being in God’s presence has to be my number one priority. Only He can give me the perspective I need for the beginning. Only He can provide the comfort I need at the end and only He can help me see the sacredness of the middle part.
I don’t know if you are facing a beginning, middle or and end, but don’t let fear of the unknown or the avoidance of pain rob you from living in the plan God has in store for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) Seek His presence so you can live in each moment, rather than just survive it.
So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. Romans 8:28