I guess at some time in all our lives, we’re forced to do something “new” that is just really difficult to grasp. Typically, when we do new things, it is because we have experienced some sort of change.
Change can be awesome. When the winter begins to give way to budding flowers, green grass, and yes, even Indiana pollen, a huge transformation occurs. For me, everything gets a bit easier. I trade in my hated winter coat for a light sweater. I no longer dread having to go outside, for fear of freezing some part of my anatomy, typically my nose. And there is no more waiting while the car warms up! I LOVE the change from winter to spring!
Change can also be difficult, frightening, uncomfortable and frustrating. A lot of it has to do with perspective – attitude. Do you welcome this change, this new way of doing things? Or are you going, kicking and screaming? Jeremiah tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” With this in mind, change should be a breeze. Still, it isn’t always.
Aging causes change – many changes that none of us want to experience. Given the opportunity, I think most of us would at least consider for a moment, the opportunity to experience the youth we once enjoyed, in exchange for a little hard-earned wisdom and a headful of grey hair. In 2 Corinthians, Paul says, “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” I’m not sure I will EVER treasure the thought of wasting away, even if my inner self is getting a complete makeover. Still, Paul had things in perspective.
Many changes we bring onto ourselves. For example, the choice to change jobs. That’s a HUGE change! I don’t know why we do it so often!!! It’s one of the top most stressful changes we experience in life. It seems that we experience so much emotion at an already difficult time, it can be a real roller coaster of a ride. Joshua reminds us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
So as I make what I PRAY is the last job change I will EVER experience – leaving my administrative desk for a chance to teach in our awesome preschool – I know with all certainty this is part of God’s plan for my future, and the futures of those surrounding me. I could not be more certain of this, even if He had sent me a telegram. I am ready, a bit anxious, but joyful beyond belief that I’ve been given this opportunity.
To continue through Paul’s above thought, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”