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Topic: Love (04/27/06)
TITLE: Stepping Aside
By Kelly Rinehart
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She was sitting across from Evelyn at the café. She heard her voice speaking what needed to be said, while her mind exploded with questions. How do you explain that a friendship has become so unhealthy it has to end? What words do you choose when you know the other person is in a place that can’t even fully receive the message? How do you help someone see that they have unrealistic expectations of you? That you have now become an obstacle to them rather than a source of help. That you are being used more by the enemy than by God. How do you tell a new Christian that the Lord has made it clear to you that you are to step aside so He may show her more of His power and love?
It was Abraham that understood her broken-hearted, doubt-filled decision. Sarah felt that Hagar and Ishmael should leave. That there could not be a healthy relationship with her and Abraham and Isaac. After a clear directive from the Lord, Abraham gathered provisions for the pair and sent them off early in the morning, so not to draw more attention to the parting than necessary. He trusted the Lord, whose love covered and protected everyone affected by his decision.
So, her position was not new. For many centuries, the numerous choices and level of trust required of love has been illustrated. Her choice of obedience to the God she loved was causing a person she loved to suffer. Yet, loving Evelyn enough and trusting God enough to let her go when asked would allow her friend to experience more of God’s love and provision. The Lord would cover and protect them both. “I will cling Abraham to my bosom”, she vowed. Bosom. She had to laugh.
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