Each phase of life has its own set of joys, trials, triumphs, transgressions, mournings, excitements, etc. And with each of these areas of life comes another gate by which we enter into whether we are keenly aware of it or not - or even if we are willing or not. It may be that we are being stretched in our faith, in our relationships, and even as an individual as a whole. Often times it is through the course of time that we notice such changes because we've been so busy 'with life' that we turn around and suddenly think, "wow, everything is different".... and then sometimes, we've known for quite some time that changes were happening and at one point it becomes very real that, indeed, everything is quite altered.
This season of life for me has its bittersweet moments now. I am having to say goodbye to a loved one that I have known since the day I was born. We were not entirely close per say, yet, the understanding that they will no longer be a part of our lives and in our midst is such a disheartening awareness that its almost unbearable sometimes. The closure part shall be interesting to say the least. Nonetheless, God is good and his love endures forever. He shall see me through, heart and all.
There are many people that come and go in our lives. Some stay through the majority of our lives, and others may be there for a season or two - then it seems as though you drift apart. Maybe for reasons of distance of miles or just very different personalities or lifestyles and life events. Its hard coming to the realization that those you loved dearly are now meerly a memory of wonderful conversations and sistership. But then you have to remember that when one door closes another opens. I've encountered amazing friendships over the years that now seem to be but great memories and have formed new friendships with beloved gals that I am sincerely blessed to call my dear friends and sisters. We've formed bonds in ways that are immeasurable and I count them as blessings with a fond smile.
If you find yourself in a place that seems so different than you've been used to, it could be that God is about to change your season..... transition can be a somber time. But if you're aware of it, God can make it into a beautiful, life changing experience. Kind of reminds me of the metamorphosis process of the caterpillar and butterfly.... if you choose to see the joyous positives in the experience, you can make out like a butterfly!