A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about living in the routine of life - walking in the status quo, as it were. The reality, though, is that change is the only true constant in life.
Status quo, life without chaos, is a good thing. It allows us moments of rest between the highs and lows of our undulating lives.
Change is right around the corner of status quo and chaos, no matter if we want it, or not.
Even though things seemed to be on a pretty even keel in my life, suddenly they're not.
Our next door neighbors of 16 years sold their house and moved away. I completely understand why this older couple no longer wanted stairs to climb and a yard to mow.
The new neighbors moved in over the last couple of days, and I'm thrilled to say they are wonderful.
What an amazing blessing of youth, energy and activity they've already brought to our tight-knit cul-de-sac.
I've seen many other changes in the last 12 months, too:
I went back to work after being a stay-at-home-mom for 11 1/2 years.
I went from very sporadic part-time work, to regular hours of around 20 hours per week.
The ministry I serve in at church asked me to change my focus, so I did.
My hubby went from 8 hour shifts to 12 hour shifts, which generated complete upheaval in our personal lives.
My oldest's struggle with Trichotillomania excellerated from pulling her eyelashes and eyebrows out, to pulling out and breaking off chunks of hair and making bald spots.
And these are just the major things. There are too many minor things to even list.
On top of all of this, I'm feeling led by God to start looking for a new church home. Every time I think about it, it makes me cry.
So, if it makes me cry, why would I even consider it, right? Because God is telling me, and has been telling me for a while, that it's time.
The work He needed me to do is done. It's time to move on to the next project He has in store.
Every time I go to church, my spirit is unsettled. Maintaining peace amidst the chaos of life is becoming harder and harder, because I know that God is trying to show me something else.
My spirit is restless, yearning and lonely. I ache to have a close friend that lives nearby that I can do things with and go places with; sometimes including our kids and sometimes leaving them home with our hubbies.
I need a small group of my own choosing to be part of and feel included in.
I need a church home that my children want to part of, and perhaps my husband will come along, too.
My current church home is a wonderful place, filled with wonderful people I call friends. That's why it's so hard to let go and let God. That's why I've been fighting this change for a long time.
Change is challenging. Change is scary. Change is necessary to grow, learn and become who God wants us to be.
As a gardener, I know that pruning is essential to stimulating new growth and producing copious amounts of fruit. The only downside is that pruning causes the plant to "bleed" a little bit before it heals and grows again.
It's the "cutting" and "bleeding" part I'm not fond of when God calls for change in my life.
Since change is the only true constant in life, I suppose I'd better get used to it.
John 15:1-8 The Message (MSG)
The Vine and the Branches
15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Is change the only real constant in your life, too?
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