I am a fall freak who is beginning to love spring more each year. I love that springtime brings flowers blooming, bright green grass, kids playing outside and people walking their dogs while enjoying the warmer temperatures. It is a season of change, which makes sense, since I’ve also been learning to embrace change in my life.
Lately, the people in my world have been going through change…lots of it! I have a friend who moved six states to a new home after living 30 plus years in the same city. I have another friend who has experienced the first year of the empty nest and is trying to figure out this new season with no kids in the house. I also have family and friends who are experiencing health issues that are causing shifts in their daily routines. These examples plus others have caused me to ponder change.
Expect change. I have lived through divorce, moving, empty nest and other changes in my own life that caused me to find my new normal and accept my new reality. Some of these changes I chose, some just happened, while others came into my life uninvited. That’s the thing about change….it doesn’t always ask if you’re ready or not. You may wake up one day and everything is different. Or, you may pray and ponder over a situation and decide to choose a different route or go in a new direction.
Look for the blessings hidden in it. Just like spring, change represents new beginnings, new opportunities and new experiences. Don’t shy away from change….be open to what God has for you. He knows it may be out of your comfort zone and kind of scary for you. Cling to Him and His promises. Seek Him daily and remember He is always with you.
Be flexible.I challenge you to embrace change as it happens in your life. I encourage you to adjust to new and different things that appear in your life and circumstances. I also advise you to enlist help from family and friends in the process, to journal your feelings, to research your options, to seek wise counsel and to pray – a lot – when faced with change in your life. The process will go smoother, you will be happier and you’ll adapt quicker when you choose to embrace rather than resist change. As they say, “Go with the flow!”
By expecting change, looking for the blessings hidden in it, and deciding ahead of time that you will meet change with a flexibility of spirit, you will be embracing change in your life and in the lives of those you love. It won’t always be pretty or comfortable but trust that God can use it in your life to make you more like Him and that is a beautiful thing. Share any recent changes you’ve gone through in the comment section below. How did you handle the process? What advice do you have for others?
“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” Japanese Proverb