Oh, I shudder to hear that word. I like to say I’m open to change, but then a kid gets sick or my car breaks down or a new acquaintance connects with my life, and I crave the return to my safe routines.
Isn’t life filled with those struggles, though?
Are you in a position where life has changed around you? A different town, a busier schedule, an unexpected crisis, a nagging illness…
Richard Rohr poses that this is the spiritual position humans hate to be in, but where God, throughout history, is always leading us. We have left the tried and true (often not of our own accord), and have not been able to replace it with anything else. We are attempting to have faith when we cannot staunch the flow of change.
Ruth Haley Barton writes of it this way:
“This is Abraham leaving his home country and his father’s house for a land he did not yet know.
It is Joseph in the pit.
It is the Israelites wandering in the wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land.
It is Jonah in the belly of the fish.
It is Mary weeping at Jesus’ tomb.
It is the disciples huddled in the upper room.
It is Cleopas and the unnamed disciple on the Emmaus Road betwixt and between the life they had known and whatever was supposed to come next.
This was a time for intimate emotions and dangerous questions. Maybe something new and wonderful was in the works, but who knew? And just when they had gotten about the business of trying to adjust to their new normal, they were unnerved by the unexpected, pushed off center by intimations of the unimaginable.” (Life Together in Christ, p 24-25)
I remember being a college junior, fresh off an amazing season of growth in faith, complaining to a friend that I wanted God to just stop for a bit and let me catch up with all the changes. Thankfully, that friend asked, “Why would you want to slow your relationship with God?” Changes lead us into tense and uncomfortable situations, yet God provides us with companions for the journey—both in the Holy Spirit and in other believers—as we grow in holiness.
How are you connected and cared for in this season of change? Who will you encourage in faith-filled companionship?
My hope meet with my moms group most weeks of the year, share connections monthly with my 2 clergy groups, and keep a couple close friends in the loop more regularly. Change is hard, how will you hang on in the unknowns?
Share your plan in the comments!