“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
CHANGE – Such an intimidating word that seems to be haunting me day and night!
As I washed my final loads of laundry to pack back my bags and head back to school Sunday night, I started reading Karen Kingsbury’s “Leaving.” I didn’t get far before I started nodding off and decided to put down the book and leave the laundry for the morning, but the opening chapter hit home as it described the changing seasons in our lives. And what do you know, my mind starts racing. As I compared the words to my own life, I realized things in my life are changing, FAST.
I like to think I’m used to change and in some ways enjoy it. The transition from high school to college was an awesome change! Other periods of change, like the ending of a relationship or the loss of a friendship, aren’t quite as pleasant. As I look back on all the changes in my life, those transitions seem simple in comparison to the ones quickly approaching.
Tomorrow I start my first semester as a senior in college (It seems like yesterday I was moving into the dorms). It’s also my last offseason as a collegiate volleyball player and most importantly I have reality knocking hard on my door. In a little over a year, a lot of things are going to change. School and sports are comfortable to me, but in the near future I won’t be in school anymore – talk about weird! Everything I’m used to: the roommates I live with, the teammates I have played with, the professors who’ve taught me, basically everything I’m comfortable with is going to – here comes the word again – change! It’s scary, yet exciting.
As intimidating as change can be, in those moments of insecurity I’m comforted by this truth:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28
BOOM! Talk about the ultimate comfort! God, who sent his Son to die for me promises me good! Whew, talk about weight off my shoulders!
Here’s the point of this story: We all face change. Some we welcome and some maybe not, but God promises good to us because we love him. Did you get that? Even the seasons that seem bad lead to good!
And even though nothing in our life stays the same, we can rest knowing, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). While we are constantly changing and being formed into the people He ultimately wants us to be, Jesus Christ, our Savior who died on the cross, remains unchanged.
So as I face tomorrow, my last, first day of offseason (say that 5 times fast) I’m going to enjoy each moment both good and bad. I’m going to rejoice in the soreness and strength that comes with it and make the most of what is to come in this season of change. I’m taking in each moment and logging it into my memory while looking forward to the good God has in store for the rest of my life.
Join me in making the most of whatever season we may be in and remember the good God promises you!
Here’s to change! God bless and enjoy!
P.S. Here’s a link that ties in with my last blog entry and inspired the title of my blog. It’s by Jimmy Needham, one of my favorite artists!