It seems that every time change is in our midst, something inside of us wants to think it’s bad/think it’ll cause bad things. Our faith is on E because we don’t want to believe that change can actually be a good thing sometimes. Heck, it almost never seems good. But when you look back on situations, you can see how change actually helped line things up.
A lot of feelings get thrown into the pile when things move and shift. People just started school here in Texas. I know a lot of people that just started middle or high school and that transition really freaked some of them out (or maybe their parents were a little more frantic than they were). But nonetheless, it was a big transition, a big change. Depending on what we’re talking about here, the emotions differ, but the feeling is still the same.
It’s scary, yeah? Change is like hiking. It’s seems awful and dreadful. And if you’re clumsy like me, you fall occasionally. That’s like when things look bad and you feel like giving up. This is the point when you think “Y’all go ahead and I’ll meet you at the bottom.” But no, you keep going. Things don’t look so great from the ground, but getting back up and climbing to your final destination makes every part of it worth it, right?
On the Hannah Montana movie (sorry, but yours truly grew up in the 2010 era, so you’re gonna have to deal), the best quote is “Life’s a climb, but the view is great.” Y’all if that isn’t the truth.
This summer, I went to Glorieta, New Mexico for camp. Every day, we went on some crazy long hike (I say crazy long because I don’t know how long hikes are supposed to be 😬). On our last day of camp, we took this really long hike to what was supposedly the best view in the whole camp. On the way up, I fell a couple of times, we turned around some weird corners, we passed by a few landmarks and lemme tell you: seeing that view made every second of the process worth it.
Change is necessary to progress. Sometimes change isn’t bad. I’m going through some big changes in a big area of my life right now. When things started shifting, it felt like I was on thin ice. I didn’t have much faith going into the process of change. The situation is looking up now, if I do say so myself. I’m entering into this next phase with a lot more faith.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says:
There is a time for newness and growth. Places and people are in your life sometimes for only a season. They’re necessary to your decisions, your perception, your opinions, and what you decide to do in the next phase you go on to. But never once does the Lord your God leave, forsake, give up on, forget about, or abandon you. Not once. He’s never even thought about it.
In Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my favorites) it says:
Change can come in many forms. It can cause a lot of praises or problems. It’s up to you and how you handle it that brings the real change. Don’t be bitter, be better. “Trust in the Lord with all (not just some) or your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley from the album Exodus (1977)
“Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood from the album Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014)