What is it like to sit by a lake and sip a cool bottle of water? What is it like to sit there and listen to the birds, breathe in the fresh air and wish you did not have to “leave?” It is like leaving a warm cozy bed when it is freezing outside. That’s what it’s like. You do not want to leave. There are times I would think about a special place that makes me feel happy, relaxed and at peace. When I think of that special place I do not want to leave. I do not want to stop thinking about it.
“Leaving” can be good or bad. It can be good when you are leaving the baggage of life behind, bad memories, people that hurt you, bad habits or even a bad hairdo. Who wants to remember those things? The good thing about leaving is you can start over, create new memories that are more pleasant, learn from your mistakes, choose better friends and create good habits. It is important to know that how you leave will determine if you are going to take a good memory of that with you or a bad memory. You can leave happy and wish everyone well or you can leave badly by never saying goodbye. When you don’t say goodbye, or don’t wish people well, you leave with angry memories, hurtful pride and scripts about why you were glad to leave or why you did not like that person continues to live on.
“Leaving” is a word that someone says to a loved one that can have different connotations. You can say “I’m leaving now” and mean, I am leaving to go to the store or, it could mean I am leaving you forever. “I’m leaving soon,” can mean I am catching a flight to go home, or it can mean I am “leaving this world.” When someone exits a door, the word “leaving” leaves you with a hope that they will return or disbelief that they are really gone.
“Leaving” can also be an act of transitioning from this world to the next. When you think about leaving, you think about the people you are leaving behind. You think about the things you would not get to do anymore or the things you did not do but always wanted to. Sometimes the fear of leaving this world can make that word very frightening, not knowing what to expect. But when we begin to search our souls, and tap into our spirituality we begin to realize the things we truly want…..to sit by the lake, breathing the fresh air, listening to the birds or going to that special place that makes you feel happy, relaxed and at peace. All of this is in the next world, and the only way to really get there is to “leave,” to let go of this world, and open the door to the next world that is waiting for you. The beauty of this journey is you are not alone. God, your Creator, is with you the whole time, and you know what? He will never “leave” you.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5