This Friday our family said goodbye to our 8-year-old foster child. She was with us for a little over four months, but it seemed like we had known her for a long time. Saying goodbye can sometimes be difficult. Will we ever see her again? Will she be okay? Will she remember us? Did we do enough? These are some of the questions I found myself pondering. Truth is, it doesn’t matter what I think. What matters is that our heavenly Father loves her and He is in control of her life.
Declining to adopt her into our family was difficult. It’s not about whom she is or her “difficult” behaviors that prompted us to say no. Rather, that we, at this time don’t feel able to give her the best she deserves. It’s about where we are. I’ve come to realize that as much as I feel her pain, I can’t rescue her. That’s God’s job. We did the best we could in the short time she was with us, but that still doesn’t make it easy on my heart. I am trusting in His sovereign plan and purpose for her life and ours.
People will come and go; that’s part of the seasons of life. Some will mark your heart for eternity. She is one of those… I miss you little one. As I see your picture on my fridge right now, I pray that God’s peace, love and joy fill your heart. You will always be in my heart and prayers. Thank you for teaching me how to love and be intentional with my actions. I release you to our Heavenly Father. In His presence you will find all you need. So, it’s time to say goodbye. It’s necessary sometimes to know our boundaries. Will we cross paths again? I hope so, but only God knows. Regardless I’m at peace.
Rest in His Word: Psalm 138:8
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.” (NIV)
- Whom have you had to say goodbye to?
- Be honest, how was that for you? How did you handle it?
- Is there something you didn’t say or do that you wish you had done differently? Talk to God about it.
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