Sunday, January 31, 2016

Change

Most are familiar with the "Serenity Prayer":

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference."
(Reinhold Niebuhr)

This time of year is notorious for new year's resolutions illustrating a plethora of possible life changes seemingly for life improvement. I have never been a fan of this type of change since its permanence is generally short-lived. The changes I have been reflecting on are of a more permanent nature. 
In my last blog I shared that my mom recently passed away leaving a gaping hole in our family and a major change that I am slowly learning to accept. Knowing she is in heaven, where she is praising Jesus and fellowshiping with Dad, is comforting. Through this change my eyes have been opened to all she left behind as a llegacy and I have been challenged to carefully examine my future legacy to family and friends. So there is good in this change.
Slowly sliding into the senior citizen category is a change not easy to voice let alone welcome! Remember those "over-heard" restaurant conversations where you smiled and wondered why those elderly people obsessed about constipation and joint pain? Reality hits home when you realize you just e-mailed your friend  the name of a new doctor in town who welcomes Medicare and your shopping bag regularly carries a large bottle of Miralax! It is inevitable that as we age our bodies break down but our minds still remember the joys of running and jumping through fall leaves, rolling on the floor effortlessly with NO pain,wihile wrestling with wriggling 3 year olds, or enough energy to bike ride 25 miles then go to an evening dance! Why weren't we more thankful for our strong, agile bodies when we were young? I realize it is God's way of preparing us for the "transition" from these "used up" models to our heavenly eternal bodies. As we struggle through this change He is also gracious to teach us valuable spiritual lessons; patience, perseverance, being content in all circumstances!
Thankfully He never stops using us. 
"They will still bear fruit in old age. They will stay fresh and green proclaiming, "The Lord is upright, He is my rock and there is nothing but goodness in Him."" Psalm 92: 14-15
As we accept these aging changes we can see His provisions for us in this promise:
"Even to your old age and grey hair I am here. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you. I will carry you, I will sustain you and rescue you." Isaiah 46:4
OK. I may not be able to change the aging process but I can change my attitude towards it and rest in the knowledge that God NEVER changes! 
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
Lesson to learn? Embrace change no matter in what form it appears and look for God's imprint!