I grew up in a tiny neighborhood, within a town so small it probably wasn’t even on a map. My house was on a dirt road, which ended at a dead end little turn-around, where my best friend Evan lived. All that I knew and was comfortable with was nestled in that small nook of Vermont. Every tree and rock that surrounded my home was my friend. I had played in those woods for 12 years, and I knew every square inch of property we owned: the bird feeders that hung on the giant pine tree where the chickadees had eaten out of my hand; the spot where I had caught the chipmunk after spending an entire day trying to trap him( I did let him go as soon as I had shown everyone my accomplishment!); the hill behind our house where we went sledding every winter; the birch trees that made wonderful swings; the stream I had spent hours playing beside – this was how I wanted my life to stay: simple and non-threatening. Nothing seemed to mar the beauty of God’s creation, and childhood was sweet. Little did I know that I could not stay that way forever because in life there are changes, both inside and out. I was 13 years old when my parents sold our house, and we began to build a new one about a half an hour away. I did not want to leave everything I loved felt comfortable with. It was my home - filled with memories of my childhood and I felt as if I was betraying my past by leaving them all behind. I did not want to just take the memories with me. I wanted to stay where I belonged. I began to really experience change that year, and I began learning that growing up was not the easiest thing in life, and yet, it was just the beginning. Maybe becoming a teenager was not something I wanted to do at all!
Thoughts to Ponder:
Life is full of change. We only need to step outside our door to see that things are changing. If we do not like the weather then wait a minute and it will change. We can take a look at the bare trees in front of our doors and see that winter is here, but very soon that will change and spring will arrive before we know it. We cannot stop the clock and keep time from moving on. Change is inevitable. But even with these changes, we can rest assured that the Lord never changes for He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We do not have to be afraid of the changes that are coming. God has everything in His control. He is going to use the change to work patience in us and teach us to trust in Him. He created time for us so we could look forward to His return!. May we forever say, like John in Revelation 22:20 “He which testifies these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Dear Lord, I am not comfortable with all these changes that are occurring in my life, but I know my life is in Your hands. You are in control. Please give me peace as these changes happen, and help them to work patience in me and make me stronger in my walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.