Now that I have you humming that little tune in your head (and if you’re not, click here and you will be!)…
Not the twenty-five cent kind of change.
Different things. Different life. Different schedule. Different routine.
And so on.
I’m sure I’ve probably written about this before but the past few weeks/months have brought on a lot of changes for me in many different areas of my life.
I am not a fan of change.
When I get comfy, I like to stay there.
Our van of 4+ years had died. We went out and bought a new van. In the end, I have everything to be thankful for, nothing to be ungrateful about and yet I’m human and still fall short. The point of that is, with a new van, came a monthly car payment which meant I somehow needed extra income which came with the idea of keeping a child which leads us to a handsome little man staying with me during the day, five days a week, which means change.
One little event, the death of an automobile, led to a complete change in my life. I was comfortable. Olivia and I had a routine. I was perfectly content with my eleven year old van. I didn’t need a new one. I was happy spending day in and day out shopping with my toddler, going wherever the wind took us, lunch dates with friends, etc.
Now, my time is precious. I have come to realize that all the time we spent doing nothing, was precious time. Those are moments I will cherish forever because those are the days Olivia and I shared, just the two of us.
Now, don’t get my wrong … this new little guy, he’s great! Not only is he a super snugglie three month old, but he’s cute to boot. And to top it off, his mom and dad are pretty cool too. So, we have this all worked out and I’m sure this is all part of God’s grander plan but my dislike of change has sure stirred up the emotions.
Yesterday, we took this fancy schmancy new van to the dealership to see if some awkward things could be fixed. The answer was simply ,”No,” which of course led to me whining and ranting over what idiot designed such and such and did they test it before they … blah, blah and then it hit me …
“Who’s the idiot here? You’re griping and complaining about a van that YOU picked out, that YOU decided to buy, that YOU thought would be great and that YOU failed to sit in the third row and see how comfy the very badly designed headrests felt.”
Duh, I, amidst the thoughts of anger, frustration, whining and complaining, came to the stark conclusion that I was the idiot. I have no right to complain. Who am I to complain? I have a nice, new van and here I am complaining about it. I bet my friend Christy, that gave up everything to move to Africa, would be sorely disappointed in my shallow behavior.
So, I realize now that change isn’t always bad. Sure, my life has changed but along with it, some really great things have happened. Change has led me to a whole new world of ladies, some from my very own church that until now, I haven’t had the opportunity to get to know. A large group of us even went to see Anne Graham Lotz together and what an amazing time that was. I was also invited to a lovely Valentine’s breakfast at a sweet friends home with a wonderful group of ladies and I had another invite to a dear friends church for a great evening of fun, fellowship and food.
And this little guy that has become a part of mine and Olivia’s day, well, I have really enjoyed getting to know him and his family.
I can’t tell you how many good things have come with change and perhaps that is because sometimes, we tend to focus on the bad. I let the bad things outweigh the good when in fact, if I take the time to stop and look, the good things far outweigh the bad.
How do you handle change? Does it get the best of you or do you roll with it and seek out the blessings that come from it?
James 1:17 says …
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
For today, I am going to embrace the changes that come my way, finding the joy, the beauty in the changes and I find comfort and peace in knowing that our God is never changing. He is the same today, tomorrow and always. His promises have withstood time. His plans for me and for you are always the same. What more could I ask for?!