“…turn and face the strain… ch-ch-changes…” Name that song! I’m sure I’ve just completely dated myself, still it’s the tune going though my head today as I contemplate the inevitablity of change. Wanted, unwanted, chosen, forced, longed for, hoped for, accepted, denied… change. There is no avoiding it, except by dying and I wouldn’t recommend that as a terribly viable option.
I like to think of myself as a fairly flexible person, capable of rolling with the proverbial punches. However, upon closer introspection, I see that there have been times in my life where I have dug in my heels, fingernails, toenails and elbows and hung onto the past in a desperate attempt to thwart the antagonist, Change. It didn’t work. Change ocurred despite my clinging, grovelling and whining. To Change’s credit, I grudgingly admit that when I have applied myself to the challenge and let the Spirit in to help, things eventually turned out, I found myself blessed and able to be a blessing. Plus, I have learned and grown.
Once when struggling with whether to leave a job or not, a very wise woman once gave me three questions which helped me to better analyze my situation and move forward with the letting go and changing that I needed to do. Over the years I have shared these questions with a number of people and share them today with you. The questions are, one, is there anything I can do to change the situation? Two, is there anything more I need to learn in this situation? Third, what is it doing to my soul? Perhaps someday you will find yourself in a situation where answering these questions will help you as they did me.
In the meantime, we turn and face the changes, trusting as best we can that God is with us in the midst of it all.