Seasons of Change
On a recent Saturday I took the time to browse through some old photographs of my family of origin. There we all were at those special celebrations: birthdays, weddings and family vacations at the beach.
|Photo: Andrew Mogridge
As I mused at how young we all looked back then, one thing struck me amidst the flood of emotions. Change. Literally everything has changed in the span of 40 years — the trees, the houses, the clothes, the cars and the people. In fact, five have died, two have been born and two are divorced.
As I thought of my parents and grandparents, who all died in the 1980s, I imagined what it would be like for them to miraculously awaken and reenter the world we live in today.
Aside from the social, political and relational changes that have taken place, there would be a number of technological advances they would have to face: home computers and laptops; cell phones, voicemail, answering machines and automated voice messaging; CDs, DVDs, and iPods; digital cameras, camcorders and flat screen TVs; and ATMs.
Who in their right mind would even want to come back to all those acronyms simultaneously? They would probably decide it would be better to opt out for “RIP”!
So how do we deal with all this change, when what we really long for is stability? Here are some concepts to keep in mind:
- Change is inevitable. Due to mankind’s God-given intelligence and creativity, we will always be inventors, striving for something new and different. And due to our limited global resources, we will also be forced to use that creativity to make what we have stretch farther.
- Change is difficult. Adjusting to change takes energy, and it takes time. Those are two commodities that only the very young have an ample supply of. Change for the rest of us will be harder, but not impossible.
- Change can be good or bad. And, in fact, it often has elements of both! Take the cell phone, for example: We love it for its convenience; we always have one with us. On the other hand, we hate it for its annoyance; everyone else always has one with them, and they never stop talking on it — in the grocery store, in the restaurant, in church.
- We don’t have to go it alone. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He wants to be our forever friend, guiding us through the uncharted waters of change in our personal lives, as well as our professional lives. He wants to remove the anxiety and fill us with His perfect peace. And, if we accept Him and put our trust in Him, He will do just that.