I am learning, as I travel, that it never gets easier to come home just to know I will be leaving again soon. It is hard on a person to be away from some of the people you most love. I knew it would be a sacrifice when I decided to do what I do, not only on me but everyone, but I always thought it would get easier to say hello and goodbye…though, it never seems to. I think one of the reasons it is hardest for me is because I come home and I see change, change that I have missed. And then you realize how much and how quickly things change. Nieces and nephews grow up, siblings graduate, have new jobs, and move, best friends get married, and the list goes on. It is life… Ecclesiastes 3.
Change is hard and I don’t think a person is being honest if they say they are not afraid of change, because with change comes sacrifice. You sacrifice what you know and are comfortable with…you lose something, and many times are humbled along the way. I do believe it is good, and there is a time to mourn what we have lost. But life keeps going, and change keeps occurring. Though change is hard it is good, and we know that change is what keeps us learning, growing, and pressing forward; we know that something beautiful awaits us.
Those of us who live in a polar tundra understand change more than most, I would argue. Every year we have four seasons (if we are lucky;) ), and each and every one of those seasons comes with its own beauty. I believe many people would say that winter is the hardest time of the year for them; many days are spent under cloudy skies and when the sun is out, it is only there for a few hours before it sets again. The change from beautiful autumn colors to brown and dead is a hard change. But, we endure this hard change because we know that after the sparkling snow melts it brings …well, it brings mud, but after the mud comes green grass and spring daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips. A beauty that is well worth the bitter cold wait.
God knew that change would be hard for us so he talks about it in the bible. He gives us people to read about and how they got through their life changes, he gives us verses to read and psalms to sing in the midst of change, and he reminds us that he is always with us (Josh. 1:9, Matt. 28:20). Most importantly he reminds us that he never has and never will change(Heb. 13:8). He is faithful to do what he has said he would do. He reminds us that he will always be the Rock we can depend on (Is. 26:4). No matter what life brings or what gets taken away that Rock will stand firm.
So I have found that I should never worry about the change that comes in my life, because every time I worry I hear God say, “No te preocupes.” Hah, yup, lately He has been telling me not to worry in Spanish. Nothing is out of God’s control and nothing comes along that he didn’t already know about. When we start to worry about change that may be coming we need to remind our flesh that it is only fearing the sacrifice that accompanies the change. We can look for comfort in the One and only God that knows the meaning of sacrifice. A God who sacrificed his perfect Son so we could have a restored relationship with a Father that only wants what is best for His children. When we put our trust in this God, our sacrifice is much more bearable because He is with us every step of the way…and He understands because he has been in the exact same place.
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on the cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.