I’ve experienced a lot of contrast in the last year or two. A lot of gain and loss. A lot of transition. In almost every area of my life, things have (or are about to) shifted significantly: employment, family, housing, education, friendships, dating relationships, church activities and leadership positions, routines, finances, self-image, spiritual condition.
But one thing which I’ve noticed doesn’t change is God’s amazing ability to roll with the punches. (After all, it’s not like He didn’t see them coming to begin with.) My jobs changed, but my bills stayed paid. I moved, but I’m in a good place. I’m graduating (insert multiple hallelujahs here), but I have peace about the future God has planned for me. I’ve had friends and mentors walk away, drift away, and move away. Others just have schedules as busy or busier than mine, but I still have a few close people I can rely on and who I try to ensure can rely on me. I’ve also made new friends. 🙂
I’ve come to accept that not all change is bad, even those which hurt at the time. In fact, I’ve come to develop a certain kind of hunger for change and growth. Parts of my life have been stagnant for so long now that I’m chomping at the bit for newness and growth. And one thing I’m kind of surprised to discover is that the stability for which I used to long is now more of a memory.
The truth is, I can’t wait to see how God is going to shake up my life next.
It’s seasons like these that make me truly thankful to serve a God of new beginnings, of second chances and of hope for the future. There’s always another chapter with Jesus. Even after death, newness awaits. Some adventure is always waiting for those who will “say yes in their mess.”
Something new began in my life Palm Sunday evening, and again just last Friday, and then again today. Even more importantly, my baby sister began her new walk with Christ on Easter Sunday.
God is constant, but always new. A beautiful paradox. What is He doing new in your life lately?