There are moments in our lives when things seem out of order because the world around us keeps changing. The world is shifting and moving, and we might feel as though we can't keep up. Families change, children grow, jobs end, finances are thrown, the world around is constantly shifting. Nothing on this earth is guaranteed to stay the same.
I remember reflecting on this during the most reason season change. The warm breeze of summer was beginning to fade, and leaves slowly were becoming another color. I wasn't quite ready for the season change. In my mind, it came too soon. The season peeking through was beautiful and promising, but I wasn't quite ready to let go of summer. I selfishly begged God for a few more sunny and warm days. I dragged my feet on pulling out the tasty smells of fall, somehow thinking I could convince myself that it would slow things down. It didn't. So much so, that I sat recently in my living room dumbfounded that snowflakes were falling. It felt fall blew in and blew out.
When seasons change or transition comes unexpectedly or sooner than expected, it can seem a bit startling and we grasp to hold on.
And isn't that our nature? Always grasping, clinging to something that will make us feel secure, safe. And when that next thing we grab-people, jobs, money, routine-whatever it may be, begins to slip out of our grasp we panic and try to regain control. And that is just every day life changes. The panic only increases when it is a big life change or an unexpected crisis that changes our world.
There are good changes and there are bad, but there are a few things that remain constant.
First, change - good or bad - brings loss. And, loss always brings grief. We set ourselves up for an anxious mind and soul and even depression if we avoid processing what change means to us. Even to those that love change, change brings loss. With even the change of weather, we feel a shift in our soul. We cannot disregard the impact of the small and big changes in our world. We need to respect the losses that they bring, and we can celebrate the wins they create. Change reminds us that we are human with limitations and a slight (or major lack) of control in the world around us. This jars our system and affects our close community as well.
I think parents realize this, right? Our children are constantly growing and changing-right before our eyes. It's beautiful to watch, but it's actually quite painful. Change can cause a regular feeling of stability and safety to all of the sudden crumble and rock us until we stumble.
It's all in God's hands in the end, is it not? I think we like to sometimes think as though we are in control. And, maybe to a certain extent, we are. If we are not careful, though, we will miss out on the adventure of love and life because we play it so safe seeking to avoid change at all cost. We can beg for routine and keeping things the same when God actually sees the bigger picture and knows that these little and big changes produce something so sacred and beautiful in us.
We can't avoid change. We can dread it, we can anticipate it, and we can even plan for it-but it will still knock us off our feet. When the ground shifts beneath us in any way, it will cause us to shift a bit. Will we recognize the pain it causes and grieve what was? Will we celebrate the wins, breathe deeply and appreciate the new moments never experienced before-the joy of adventure? I hope so, because change will produce both.
The second constant is the only thing that will keep us steadfast as we are rocking to and fro from the shifting of change. We have this promise in our God that He is firm, unchanging - always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He is the ONE thing that will and always remain constant. God reminds us that He is the anchor for our soul. We can walk boldly and confidently in Him, because it is impossible for Him to change. He is the immovable one. When all is shifting, when we are stumbling-He remains immovable. We reach out, He grabs our hand, and He anchors our soul. He is the One that will make sure that our soul is not lost in the midst of the changing seasons. He offers us hope, a hope that keeps us secure with our head held high. He offers hope that one day all will be well. When our soul is anchored in Him, it won't quite matter how much we stumble or are rocked. Our soul and spirit remains protected. Now if we remember this one thing, we won't be afraid to grieve the change that comes, and we will find more joy and freedom to celebrate the change.
God is not absent in our changing world, in fact, He is ever loving, guiding, and holding us. And, really, because He is often the only stable thing to cling to when everything is motion-we find He does some of His best work in us. As much as I can hate change, I don't really want to ever live in the same world. I want Him to take me deeper, farther. I want His work to be greater. I long for more surrender. So, whether, in big or small changes-I will respect and acknowledge the discomfort, but I will embrace them because I know God is with me and His promises will prove to be true. And I know His work will be accomplished in me.