Change

On Sunday, I was driving back to church for Bible study from my old route, going north. I was shocked to see how much the expressway changed in just a year. As I passed the exit where I used to live, the Holy Spirit reminded me of where I once stood not too long ago.

Last year I went through a season of change that ultimately brought me to where I am today. It was honestly one of the longest seasons I have ever experienced; but each of these changes have shaped me into who I am and created defining moments I now appreciate so much more.

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Although my parents had already moved to another state a year before, they decided to sell my childhood home of 25 years. There had been warnings of it happening one day, but it always seemed like it would never happen until it finally did. I began looking for a place to live and moved into my grandparents’ home temporarily while I waited for the closing of my own property. Shortly after, I resigned from my teaching position at a school I had been at for two years, in hope of spending more time with my grandparents, since I would be working closer to them. In addition to that, I went through the ending of a relationship I did not want to sour. It seemed like there were so many changes happening all at once; many factors were beyond my control.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

The book of Ecclesiastes talks about the meaning of life; but chapter 3 narrows in on the different times and seasons God designed when he created the earth and mankind in Genesis. Ecclesiastes 3 lists some of the seasons and their opposites.

I had no control over my living situation. It was time for a 25-year-old chapter to close. Just as we cannot control when we are born or when we die, we cannot control when God chooses to close one chapter. I also did not have control over the end of a relationship, just as we do not have control over what breaks down. In all of those changes that seemed so negative, I saw the hand of God moving in such a special way.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:9-11

In each of the times mentioned, God created beauty from its darker counterpart. God created human beings in his image to have eternal life in Him. The pleasures of this world do not last forever and will never give us a sense of true fulfillment

Though the chapter of my childhood home ultimately died, God birthed a new one for me when He provided me with a beautiful property to live in. Resigning from my school was a time to tear away, so He could sew me into a better teacher. God allowed the relationship to break down because He wanted to build me back up and trust Him.

In this season of change, I learned so many valuable lessons. Life has many ebbs and flows, like a river, and God commands them. The seasons weave in and out of our lives and they do not make sense when we go through them initially; but when time passes and we look back, it looks like a beautiful tapestry. I’ve also learned that in every season, there is beauty and an opportunity to glorify God.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

One can be certain that life will have many seasons and changes; but God never changes. Are you going through a season of change? Hold onto Jesus; He is holding onto you and will bring beauty.

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