Semisonic wrote a 1998 hit with the song, Closing Time. It was a catchy little diddy that has lodged itself in my mental musical jukebox for life. In fact, I recently realized that this song has two lyrics I’m heard saying frequently.
“You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.”
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
It’s that last one though…its on repeat.
Think of all the new beginnings in life that started from a hard slam of a door, a painful ending, or even a happy and peaceful goodbye. Every do-over began with the desire to leave the past. Every amends begins with letting go. Every new adventure you set out on started with a step away from the previous adventure.
The next best adventure is the one that awaits you. It requires a packing list of fortitude, wonder, and faith. In order to get to where God is leading us next, we have to let go of where we’ve been and believe that what is up ahead is as exciting as what we are leaving behind. We must take the risk that we will fall, fail, and even break, so that we can receive what God has in store for us.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
I reflect on the way the disciples felt when Jesus died, and how I felt at different times in my life when I thought for sure that “it was all over.” What we saw as a hard finish, turned into brilliant new beginnings. I’m at another ending as I prepare to transition into a new beginning. The ending is hard on the heart. The beginning is exciting and terrifying at the same time. But I have faith that what God has in store is far greater yet than anything I have ever imagined.
Birdee Pruitt (Sandra Bullock) said in the movie Hope Floats: “Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too…”
Here’s to the difficult endings, to the sweet gooey middles that keep you going, and to the new beginnings that start with a trust in God that cannot be shaken.