In a matter of hours, I went from wearing flip flops to snow boots. I know, I know…I won’t get any sympathy from all of you who stayed up north enduring a particularly hard winter. But it got me to thinking about change. It’s one of the few things that you can count upon. I remember a Christian comedian, Mark Lowry, joking about “This too shall pass.” Whatever situation we happen to find ourselves in, we can be sure it will change, whether for the better or for worse. As my dad said, “Everyone is either about to have difficulty, is in a difficult situation, or has just come out on the other side of a hard circumstance.” Life is hard! It’s snow boots after beautiful flip flops!
So, I have a choice. Do I complain or do I find the joy in the moment? It reminded me of trees. Recently, we were at Stump Pass Beach Park in Florida. This park was full of thriving vegetation, but strewn throughout were dead trees.
After researching online about the park, I realized that each website mentioned change. Here is what the park brochure says, “The sands of this site are always shifting. Historic maps reveal the altered shapes of the islands over time. The islands’ salt-tolerant vegetation preserves the appearance of the Southwest Florida coast before much of it was changed by development.”
So, my theory is that the trees just couldn’t adapt to the change. They must not have been salt tolerant. Even though in a way they are beautiful, I don’t want to be like them. My life now that our sons have grown up seems to be constant change! I used to say I hate change and now I am living it and it seems to involve lots of travel. I remember back in 2003 when we went on a short term missions trip to Brazil, they kept stressing that the main thing to make the trip a good one was to “stay flexible.”
That’s not easy. And I still really struggle with it. Part of me likes to have the sure things in life and to be comfortable. But I’m discovering another part of me… the adventurer! And I can be that slightly more daring lady because I know of one thing in my life that will never change. Jesus. I cling to this wonderful promise “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6
Ps 1: 2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Read the whole psalm!)