Change is defined by dictionary.com this way:
to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone: to change one’s name; to change one’s opinion;to change the course of history.
Some find change easier to manage than others, but it would be fair to say that we all struggle with change as it moves us from our comfort zone into the unknown. I have been reflecting on change a lot these past weeks, as everyone around me tells me either directly, or by way of behaviour, that they are struggling with change. Just a few weeks ago I departed St. Mark’s by-the-Lake and many people articulated their feelings that change would be difficult. At the same time I arrived at St. Aidan’s. Again, people have been articulating their angst with change. All the while, I have been dealing with change. I am a person who cares deeply about change – yet I am struggling with change as well.
My municipality has changed. The Church community I worship in has changed. The way the church community worships has changed. My community has changed. The church leadership has changed. My home has changed. My routine has changed. The people I call on for help have changed. Everywhere I look there is change. I have choices in how I should respond to change. I can turn inward and become destructive to myself. I can call on those around me to change to be like me. Or I can choose to rely on God in this. My response needs to be a trust the leading of the Spirit. God is the greatest agent of change. I came across this little poem a year ago and have held on to it.
“All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
When we become comfortable or complacent, God has a way of stirring us from our nest in gentle anticipation of a flight we have not yet taken.
In the midst of what seems like incredibly difficult, yet exciting change for me, I pray for patience to remember that God is change. I also pray for all those whose life, whose worship, whose leadership, whose faith journey, whose reality is changing because of the change that is God has called me in to. I pray that God also grant them patience to know that God is change and that all of us are embracing a new reality —- in so doing —we are embracing God.