Have you ever had to tell someone ‘good bye’ not knowing when or if you would ever see them again?
I remember the day that I left for college. I had just turned 18 and was excited about beginning the next phase of my life and making new friends. Yet, as soon as I said good bye to my mom and sister, I began to cry uncontrollably. (I know this is hard to believe for those who know we now, but it really did happen.) I was leaving all that I knew for the unknown. I was leaving the comfort of all the relationships I knew. It was tough.
On Maundy Thursday we see Jesus doing just that. He was saying ‘good bye’ to His disciples and closest followers. He was leaving them to go be with the Father. He was leaving them so they can fulfill the mission that He was sending them on. If he stayed even after dying on the cross, the disciples would have just piled up wherever Jesus was and would not have spread the Gospel around the world.
Here’s the upside of saying, “Good bye.” When someone leaves or you leave, you are breaking the comfortable to step into new opportunity. It’s not easy. It’s not something you want to do every day. However, it’s exactly how God propels us forward in life and uses us to share the Gospel.
Are you having to say ‘good bye’ to some things or someone? If so, don’t just see the pain and loss. See the opportunity that God is going to bring from it. The new relationships. The new moments to share Christ. The personal growth that you will experience as you have to lean more on Him and less on comfortable relationships and familiar surroundings.