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Here in Florida, people voted for local officials yesterday. As I filled out my ballot, of course I thought about the presidential election in November. Leaders change every few years, whether we like it or not. People move in and out of Washington. Taxes go up and then down. Wall Street thrives and then sinks. Some days it rains; some days it doesn't.
Gasoline used to be a buck a gallon, and stamps were a nickle. We used to actually need stamps.
Jennifer Aniston is getting married for the second time. Tom Cruise is divorcing for the third time. Michael Phelps is retiring.
As an Air Force wife, I moved eight times. I grew up hating garbanzo beans; now I love them. Chrysler is going to stop making the PT Cruiser, my favorite car. For a short period of time in my adult life, I was a size 12. (How sweet it was.)
Stuff changes. Every day. Sometimes we like things better; sometimes we don't. (I still miss Lost.) This life is a series of transitions. Elbert Hubbard said, "Life is just one damn thing after another."
All this change is hard on the human heart, because people like comfort and familiarity. It's easier when things go as expected. We feel safer. Unfortunately, we're often disappointed, because circumstances, even people, are not permanent.
Luckily, as I was reminded in my morning devotional today....our loving God is unchanging. He doesn't pause, waver, or renege. What He says, will be. One way or another.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb.13:8
Of old, you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment....and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. Ps. 102:25-27
My heart rejoices in this. It gives me a place to land when nothing else seems solid.
The older I get, the more tenuous life seems. I see my mom and dad (92 and 89) decline almost weekly, and I know the time is coming when they will be gone. In all of eternity, we are on this planet a very short time. From plump, baby flesh to loose, delicate skin, we move from phase to phase until our time here is finished. There are a lifetime of transitions - losses and gains - in between.
If we let Him, God guides and shelters and provides along the journey. His life force is steady and strong and permanent. Everything else is fluid and eventually fades.
I used to jog. Then, I needed back surgery, so now it's walking for me. I used to teach; now I write. My blood used to be thin and fat-free. Now, it's thicker and clumpy, so I take a pill that helps.
Mom used to help me bathe. Now, I help her.
Nothing stays the same.
What changes/transitions in life have you found difficult? What transitions have been rewarding?