worth their salty tears

As a {short} season in my life of being in So Cal again is wrapping up, it’s reminding me of all the other “wrapping up” times in my life. There have been so many moves and transitions and, with them, lots of adventures, life-shaping experiences, and people to love.

Life has never ceased to be full of changing of seasons and, with them, goodbyes. I remember realizing how much I hated goodbyes around the 5th grade. They’ve not necessarily gotten easier but… I have learned to see the beauty [which, I suppose, does make it easier – in a sense].

I was thinking today about Jesus and the 12. They didn’t want to face the “end.” They wanted to keep Jesus with them and to see His face and touch His hands. It’s just easier that way, right? Because how can you follow someone you can’t see? But what they didn’t understand yet was that the “end” was only the beginning. Jesus explained bits and pieces of that to them before he went to the cross.

But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

(John 16:4-15 ESV)

Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension changed things. They didn’t just bring us salvation. It was the start of a new season. When Jesus went away the Helper/the Spirit of truth came to guide us into ALL truth! And what is that truth? That Jesus didn’t LEAVE. He is here on the earth, and bigger than ever. Why? Because His body is growing. And we are His body through whom He expresses and displays His Life. [But that’s another post, for another day. Today my point is…]

When we’re in Christ and He brings about a season change, it’s always for the better… It always comes with MORE of Him… and that makes all the goodbyes and see-ya-laters worth their salty tears and more.

I’m so thankful for the MORE of Him that is ahead.


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