I talk a lot about routine and security and consistency, but in reality my life has always been about change. My childhood is a blur of different towns, houses, schools, friends, and expectations. As a result, I learned to be flexible and resilient and a bit wary of plans and promises. As I wandered the yard for some “thinking time” yesterday I pondered some of the many, many changes that have taken place in my life just this past year and contemplated some of the changes I hope will take place next year.
Changes can be minor adjustments that go unnoticed or they can be major events that slap us down emotionally and leave scars. No matter what degree of change we make, our lives will never be quite the same going forward. That’s a lot to think about. My mother sometimes said, “Well, it’s a whole new day!” I never realized how accurate she was until lately.
We begin each day thinking it will pretty much be the same as yesterday and then a person, a news report, even a detour in our route to work can change everything about our attitude and therefore our response to the rest of the day’s events. I’m a firm believer that nothing happens by accident and that each decision we make affects what happens next in our life. God gave us free will for a reason...to test and strengthen our faith.
As I move forward with my plans to make changes in my life I look to the example of poor Joshua. Chosen to replace Moses as the leader of the Israelites, he must have been terrified by his new responsibilities. But the Lord told him to be “strong and courageous” because “your God will be with you wherever you go”. I trust that also applies to me and that my future will evolve according to God’s plans for me. I may have a general idea of what I want to do and when, but I know that only God knows what I really need to do and will open or close doors and create opportunities for me.
Change…it can be a good thing.