Change can be disheartening – for me, at least, as an inflexible introvert.
Life is so much easier to coast through when things remain static, however briefly. But no day goes according to schedule, despite all my plotting and planning. Interference happens in the form of interruption, and I must change – change my schedule, change my goals, change my attitude. I must stretch to accommodate others, when I’d rather be curled up in the center of my comfort zone.
Change happens on a larger scale, too. Not just schedule changes, but life changes. My husband and I are adjusting to changes in our middle-aged bodies. Despite the fact that we are eating more healthfully and exercising more conscientiously than we ever have, our bodies are rebelling – his back, my knees. We have changed our diet and exercise routines for the better, and now we must change them again to accommodate joints that, despite our best efforts, do not respond well to plyometrics or bicycling.
So, we’ve adjusted our workout regimes, doing some forms of exercise less, and others more. We’ve begun taking supplements. We ice our aching bones as needed.
And we try to remember that change is supposed to be good.
In the long run, of course, it is. As Christians, we know that change teaches us to be more flexible, more tolerant, more empathetic, more loving – more like Jesus.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. – II Corinthians 3:18
The process of adjusting to unexpected life events drives us to the Father, and he whispers to us that his yoke is easy, and his burden is light. He brings to mind the traveling ministry of Jesus, whose schedule never seemed certain, and who had no permanent home. His circumstances changed daily.
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. – Matthew 8:20
He reminds us that some change can even be enjoyable, no character adjustment needed. For example, there’s the glorious change brought about by the transformation of winter into spring. For my family, that seasonal change will also bring the end of our homeschool year and the beginning of a four-month break. My eldest will be getting his license, he and my daughter will be getting jobs, and my youngest will find himself the proud bearer of some of their former responsibilities.
While all those changes are exciting, they still sadden me in a corner of my heart. My children won’t be children much longer.
But there is one change to which every Christian can look forward without reservation.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:52
What changes have you experienced in your life recently? How do you deal with change? As always, I welcome your thoughts.