Change is Part of Living

Change. The very mention of the word can make even the stout-hearted shudder. Very few people look forward to change. It is more of something that is feared or even avoided if possible. Some will even go to great lengths to avoid it.

The catch is that change is unavoidable. It sometimes sneaks up on us like a lion in the tall grasses and pounces on us. Other times we can see it coming in the bright light of day. It very rarely occurs in the same way from time to time. The various ways with which it transpires can be stunning all in itself.

I have faced many changes in my life. In fact, I have lived a life filled with more change than the average person. I have traveled this continent extensively and lived from Alaska to Florida and in between. My life has been far from boring.

I have been in places and circumstances that I absolutely loved with complete abandon. I wanted to hold off any change to the core of my being. In those places I never wanted it to change. And then it did. Like a wave of the powerful ocean washing onto the shore and displacing the sand beneath my feet my life changed.

There have also been times that I longed for change. I felt that the circumstances of my life were more than I could bear and change would never happen soon enough. I wallowed in the misery of those moments of anguish and turmoil. And when change came I welcomed it with open arms.

I’m fairly certain we can all relate to living at various ends of this spectrum and everywhere in between. Everyone’s story is different. I have often marveled at those that have lived in the same place, house or town their entire life. They have never experienced the extreme uprooting of moving to an entirely new environment. I have tried to imagine what that would be like but to no avail. My life experiences have not given me the basis to even imagine that.

Not that I regret any of my life. Every change, every experience and every person that has graced my life has added more to my life than words can even describe. But that is not to say that every twist and turn of my journey has been easy to bear. During the difficult times, I have found great solace in the words of the Apostle Paul.

Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13

As you face changes in your life remember that the secret to facing changes with dignity is found in being content no matter what the outside circumstances are. Trying to keep change from happening is like trying to hold onto the sand at the ocean. You can grasp a handful of sand and hold it with all your might. But when the waves rush onto the shore and lap against your grasp you will find the sand slipping through your fingers. You will be powerless to stop it. Instead, embrace it. Relish the feeling of the warm water licking your toes. Bask in the brilliant rays of sunshine bathing your face. Take a deep breath and step out into the unknown with boldness and confidence. And don’t forget to smile along the way, because change is part of really living!

2 Comments

  • Abi Smuin

    Reply Reply February 21, 2017

    I love this!! It is so encouraging and it brings something one of my best friends who said “life being a roller coaster we have two choices, we can hold on tight and not let go of anything or we can let go, hold our hands high and give everything to God!” I belive that God has a plan for everything he does and we have a choice. Thanks so much for blogging! It’s always encouraging!!!

    • Angie Smuin

      Reply Reply March 8, 2017

      I agree with your friend. Letting go and putting our hands in the air enables us to fully embrace everything God has for us! When we clutch the bar in front of us we are trusting in that bar instead of relying on God! My trust is in God not on the things I see!

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