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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