Change and I are not the best of buddies. Being the “if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it” and “don’t rock the boat” kind of person that I am, I’m usually averse to Change. ‘Form’, ‘structure’, ‘routine’ are a few of the buzz words in my world. So whenever ‘Change’ comes to visit me, I’ll cringe and duck for cover. I’ll fight tooth and nail to maintain status quo.
I must admit though, by keeping Change at arm’s length, life becomes boring. After a while sameness loses appeal; just like your favorite outfit that has been worn repeatedly and loses sheen or like a well-trodden grass patch that becomes bare, life itself becomes dull and wearisome if Change is not Embraced!
In the grand scheme of life, Change is inevitable. In our lifetime, we will go through different seasons – a season to humble and a season to rise; a season to go without and a season to abound; a season to wane and a season to blossom; a season to abandon and a season to gather together. One leads to another and we need to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly in the same vein because it is Change that adds variation, vibrancy and vigor to life!
And you know what, our God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things that do not exist, as though they do (Roman 4:17), Himself embraced Change for the greater good of mankind! Author Max Lucado* describes it beautifully this way – “Jesus swapped a spotless castle for a grimy stable. He exchanged the worship of angels for the company of killers. He could hold the universe in his palm but gave it up to float in the womb of a maiden. He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw. From holding stars to clutching Mary’s finger. The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier”
In the scriptures, we find at one instance, the Lord instructing Moses to strike the rock so that water would flow out for the people to drink and at another time the Lord commanded Moses to speak to the rock instead (Numbers 20:7-12). Sadly, Moses had to pay a hefty price because he did not embrace the order of Change.
I have heard it said that absurdity is defined as doing the same things again and again and expecting different outcome. Resistance to Change impedes creativity and new discoveries. Imagine for a moment, if the world did not evolve, would we have embraced growth and advancement? It is only when we are willing to embrace Change, we get to enlarge our visions and spring open the doors to unchartered territories, dreams and life anew!
*Max Lucado quote from “A Love Worth Giving”
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