The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. 9 Do not be
in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:8-9
Endings happen for all sorts reasons for each of us. The graduation of children from high school is a new beginning for them to become more independent, launching them out into the world. Very exciting for our children, and could be a somewhat sad ending for us, parents :). A job that ends could mean, that a new job will open new doors and a more fulfilling life. An ending of a life, though tragic if we love someone very much; moves us into a new chapter of living life without them. An end to a relationship leads to reflection and a new chance to start again with better handle on what a relationship takes, learning from mistakes and moving forward.
A universal symbol of ending and beginning resulting in transformation is the ancient legend of the phoenix. It tells of an amazing bird who at a ripe old age builds a nest for itself, ignites it, and is consumed by the fire. From the ashes of its own ending, a new phoenix emerges.
With God’s “prodding” 🙂 I am beginning to learn that life provides us with a continual dance of transformation as outworn understandings, possessions, habits, relationships, and ways of being give way to new ones. When an ending comes knocking, its not necessary to fear. Honor and praise God with the opportunity to learn and grow from endings Continuing to have faith, through God’s guidance that the “phoenix” inside us lives.We just have to “let ourselves fly”.
Father God – Thank you for endings (though sad oftentimes) that bring to us NEW beginnings. Help us have faith that You only want what is the best for us and have plans made just for us. Remind us to come to You when these transitions are happening to give us strength. Thank You so much for the learned wisdom and transformation that these changes provide for us, through Your guidance. Amen.