Last night two shows that I watched aired their finales. Agent Carter aired its season finale and Parks and Recreation aired its series finale. I’ve yet to watch either because we’ve got youth group on Tuesday nights.
Also, I figure if I don’t watch the Parks and Rec finale then it’s like the show really isn’t ending.
I hate series finales; they’re like saying goodbye to good friends who you’re never going to see again. I cried after watching the finale to Star Trek: The Next Generation and, in recent years, I’ve had a hard time saying goodbye to The Office and 30 Rock. Now, even though I haven’t watched it yet, I know I’m going to have to say goodbye to Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, Andy Dwyer and the rest of Pawnee’s crazy characters.
Goodbyes are always difficult, especially when we’re leaving behind loved ones or comfortable situations.
One of my hardest goodbyes occurred when I left the church at which I’d grown up. I spent 15 years at that church, from the fourth grade through my first year of seminary. I learned so much about following Jesus and serving him in ministry over those years. God used those years to transform my life and prepare me for the path on which I now find myself. As much as I loved those years and that church, though, eventually I had to say goodbye.
It’s never easy to say goodbye because we’re leaving behind what we know and love for something unknown and foreign. I love Parks and Rec and I’m sad to see it go, mostly because I don’t know if I’ll find another show to replace it. When it comes to loved ones and fruitful situations, though, we can trust that God will meet our needs when we say goodbye.
I knew that God was calling me out of my old church and into something new. Even though it was difficult to leave I trusted in God’s will. For every goodbye I said I knew that he would bring another person or a new experience into my life.
Finales are never easy but, if they’re within God’s will, we know that they’ll be worth the pain. Television show finales aren’t life altering and we can get through them alone. But for the finales that are life altering, we don’t have to get through them alone. We can trust that God will help us persevere and open us up to entirely new and even more fruitful possibilities.
What series finales most impacted you?