The Only Constant In Life
Guest Post by Leslee Cavanaugh
“Change is Good”… NOT!
You’ve heard it said, “Change is good.”
As I prepare to send my second child back to college, I must disagree.
I hate this change. I hate this transition from a house full of people and activity, to silence and “empty nest.” Change may be good, but it is also HARD. It’s hard to move from the familiar to the unknown.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses…NOT!
Transitions are part of life, there are seasons for everything. Take, for example, one of my (not) favorite Bible verses, Ecclesiastes 3: 3-8.
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 embrace
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.
I have always struggled with this portion of Scripture. Why? Because, I get “stuck” and comfortable in seasons. I want to stay in certain seasons, but it’s not what I am called to do.
I must embrace the transitions in life and seek out what God has for me, as I move from season to season.
Lessons We Can Learn In Seasons Of Change
We all experience transitions in life. We can wail, moan, and kick our feet, but what we really need to ask is “What can this teach me? What is God doing during this transition?”.
I need to remember that transition is not always a bad thing.
Often, God is moving me into something bigger, something that He wants to bless me in. In my life, I have moved through many seasons of transition. I moved from innocent childhood to teenage angst. Transitioned from somewhat wild and rebellious college life, to responsible career woman. I changed status from independent single woman to happily married woman and step-mom. I experienced a long season of infertility, and finally motherhood. I spent several years home schooling my children, then releasing them to high school, and now college.
I have learned God is always there.
God is with me, He is ALWAYS with me. He knows when I am in a hard season, and He knows when I am in a season of abundant blessing. But He is there ALL THE TIME, no matter what the season, and especially in the transitions.
Okay, God, You have my attention. Life is full of changes. The only thing that does not change is YOU.
I can trust You in the transitions!
Living On Purpose,
Guest Blogger Leslee Cavanaugh is a wife, stepmother of two, mother of two, and grandmother of four. She enjoys creative writing and wants to share it with others.