"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet." ...Matthew 10:14
Twenty years ago I tried to fix a relationship, but wow. The person went all ugly on me. Lied, twisted my words/actions from months before.
Not a good time.
At one point, my mouth dropped open with disbelief--and that's when I quietly picked up my purse and left. No words, only the man's sweet wife asking her husband to stop speaking hung on the air.
Outside at my van, I pulled open the door and oh my! Within me, this firm thought came, "Shake the dust from your feet before you step into the van." So I did. I felt God all over that command.
Never before had that happened, nor has it since.
Then last year, an online friend of 11 years and I called it quits. In our final emails I stayed calm (that made her mad, tho' to be fair, yes, you're only hearing my side) and reiterated how I believed what I'd said (a verse was one thing). In her last email she stated she'd refused to open my previous email.
So I walked away. Let her go. And it wasn't easy, but sad, because she'd been a rare friend with whom I could talk about God Things. Always, I'm searching for those companions, yet hardly ever finding them.
Even now I look at a gift she'd mailed me years before and I pray for her to have an awesome, blessed day and reap rewards because of that much-appreciated present.
Then weeks ago I considered emailing her, thanking her again for that gift, telling her of my prayers for her great days and-- But I wasn't sure if I should. So well, I don't do this super often, but I asked God for confirmation as to whether I should contact her.
Two days later, oh my goodness! He made sure I saw this at Youtube, but He might as well have sent 2 angels with scrolls, singing, "The Lord sayeth NO at this time..." The shock of its obviousness would've been about the same.
Here's the written summation at the end of T.D. Jakes' part of that video --
When people walk away from you, let them go.
Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you
And it doesn't mean they are bad people.
It just means that their part in your story is over.
Yes, they're not bad people at all. It's just that by holding onto them, we'll fail to meet God ahead at the place from which He's waiting to fly us home. We'll have taken a different street.
During these wild upcoming days, sometimes we'll be forced to choose between walking with certain friends or walking with God. And may we always recognize when we're being asked to make that choice--and choose rightly every single time.
Still worried about not being liked? ---
And when God asks you to walk away from a friend, immediately, always remember this--
Oh! And I keep forgetting to ask: Have you heard of the #WalkAway Campaign?
Here's how it began.
Here's one of many #WalkAway stories.
Here's another one.
And here's what the #WalkAway Movement is doing now and has planned for October 3, 2020
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15