It really does. How many of you look at your friend list, see the changes that have been going on, and yell, “YASSSSSSS!”? (Well, there are exceptions to that.) What’s the feeling when you start a new job, and all the sudden, life is crazy and all you can do is follow along?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to change it up. We aren’t meant to live our lives never changing anything.
But what I’m talking about is what I’ve been through in the past year.
I graduated high school. A month later, my best friend of six + years got a boyfriend, and that was that. A couple of months later, my other best friend went off the deep end, and I haven’t talked to that person since. Then I started two new jobs.
Talk about a wake-up call. Go from enjoying a leisurely pace of life to suddenly needing to adult. Add in some issues that will be discussed at a later time, and the changes of life were sending me hurtling down a path that I did not want to be on.
That kind of change sucks. It’s one thing to choose to disassociate from a friend, but it’s another to have to step back and say, “I’m being hurt, and I need to take some air.”
Let’s not even mention the fact that none of us really choose to grow up. It just happens.
*Slams on brakes*
BUT. (There’s always a but, just so everyone knows.)
Change can be good.
I did graduate high school.
I did start two jobs with two amazing bosses.
I did write a book in the new kind of free time I had.
Most importantly, and most cliche, I learned a lot about myself during the past year.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
When I look at this verse from Ecclesiates, I think I see what God’s pointing out (and in the subsequent verses). He’s telling us that we won’t always be in a comortable position. We will change. There will be times of mourning, times for celebrating.
There will be times of change. And while our cirumstances and daily lives will fluctuate, there’s this beautiful nugget in the Bible:
“I, the Lord, do not change.” ~ Malachi 3:6
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for eternity. He’s just as loving as he was when Adam walked the Earth. He’s just as forgiving as he was when Moses was around, and he is still extending grace like he was when he was down here.
If you really think about it, in one lifetime, we do a heck of a lot of changing. Just in the first month of our life. We go through rebellions, a ridiculous amount of dreary moments, happy times, then we die.
Jesus never changes. He’s still the way, the truth, and the life. He’s everything that he is in the Bible.
Isn’t that great? As crazy as our lives get, we can go back to the guy who’s Joe-Cool through everything. He knows what’s going on, and he loves you.
I don’t have it all figured out. Trust me, there are days when I’m smiling on the outside and going on an epic roller coaster ride on the inside. Only problem is that I hate roller coasters, and they also cost money. Which is my emotions, when it’s an interntal one.
What I have learned, though, is change is good. It’s not always wanted, but we aren’t the Flash, nor are we Superman. We can’t change time or do whatever else those two can do. We take what life has given us, and we grab our Jesus spectacles and say, “Okay, so what can I do with this?” Sometimes that means make lemonade, sometimes it means tossing out the lemons and going to a different town.
Jeremiah 29:11 is probably the most overly used passage in the Bible, and c’mon, 94% of Christian girls are using that as their verse for graduation, but when you really look at it, it spells out the truth of our days. God knows our future, and it’s to prosper us and to give us hope.
God’s got me. That’s what I say to myself when I’m flailing around, trying to figure out what’s going on. He is giving me new friends, prospering me in my work, and showing me, day after day, how amazing he is. Sometimes, it’s in those moments of ‘whaaaaat’ that God is the clearest. I’ve needed to cling to him this past year for faith, for strength, for love, for grace.
Change sucks, yep, but that suck can be turned to WOW with the help of Jesus.
He is always there, and he never changes.