This time of year brings many changes to our daily lives including the end of wearing sandals, cooler weather, homework, and fall sports. Most of the time we look forward to change, but sometimes it can be a scary thing to approach the unknown.
As I look around me, I am suddenly faced with many changes in my life and those around me. My oldest son left for college in late August and our table of six is suddenly a table for five. We have said goodbye to friends and welcomed new neighbors on the street. New schools and new teachers have my sons nervous and excited at the same time. After eight years of teaching, I have started a new part-time job so that I can pursue my dream of writing a book. I find myself second guessing my decision and wondering if I’ve made the right choice. All of this is a bit unsettling, and I find comfort in some of the constant, unchanging, routines to keep me grounded.
We can find comfort in knowing that God’s love for us is a constant that will always be there for us, even when it seems that our world is spinning out of control with change. We see this in scripture:
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. We can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’ Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.
With this knowledge we can rest assured that God will see us through the changes in our lives, whether they are big or small, hot or cold, fun or scary!
What new changes are making you feel a bit unsettled?