Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone you love?
Saying goodbye to my college-aged son was not easy. It hasn’t gotten any easier. Just recently I went to visit him, yet when the time came, it was a very tear-filled goodbye.
After he left, I poured my heart out to the Lord. I’m excited to see what the Lord is doing in and through my son, but my mother’s heart is sad to say goodbye. As I took that before the Lord, He showed me a picture. He reminded me that He had to say goodbye to His son.
God can relate to our pain
God said goodbye to His son when He let Him come to earth to be born as a baby, and to begin His ministry here.
But even more than that, God had to say goodbye to His son, Jesus, when He let Jesus die for us on the cross.
I’ve known that before, but as a mother who had to say goodbye to her son, that pierced my heart in a way it never has before. It pierced my heart in a new and fresh way as I thought about the sacrifice that God made for me and for you, that He would willingly say goodbye to His son in Heaven, for us.
God sacrificed out of love for us.
God reminded me that’s what love does. Love sacrifices. Love makes great sacrifice.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s a little sacrifice to send my son to college, and to pay for his college, because I know there are things for him in his future by doing so, it is a great sacrifice that God made sending His son here, knowing ultimately He would have to die. That’s a great sacrifice He made because that’s what love does.
We never know how long we are going to have loved ones around. I was in Florida staying in a garage apartment owned by a friend’s parents. They are the sweetest couple ever. But it has kind of made me miss my own parents. Neither are still living. It has made me realize, we don’t know how long our loved ones are going to be with us.
We never know how much more time we’ll have with someone.
Saying goodbye to my son, I thought, “You never know how much more time you have with others.” I don’t know how many days I have left on this earth. I don’t know if he’ll ever live at home under our roof again. I don’t know how much more time my son has left. Only God knows. We don’t know.
So, take the time today, this week, to make sure your loved ones know you love them. Tell them you love them. That’s what love does.
While you’re at it, take time to reflect on the great sacrifice God made, because He loves you. That’s why He said goodbye to His son and let Him come to earth, knowing that He would also die for me and for you. Oh, how God loves you!
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!