Life is full of things that are in a constant state of change.
Work changes, kids changes, financial changes, and we change...or at least we should. Change is a good thing... a natural thing. Nature is in a constant state of change.
Recently one worship song writer wrote,
"And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch your breath
evolving in pursuit of what you said."
by Hillsong - So Will I
Change is to be expected...but so few of us actually welcome it. We easily maintain status-quo, keep things normal, and even actively resist change for the things we deem most important. That's not a good thing.
Change is a necessary requirement for progress in every area of our lives (love, marriage, faith, health, etc.)
As example of how things change...consider a hike we did in Sequoia last week...just look at the pictures....it was a beautiful day. Sunny and chilly in the morning then increasingly warm as the sun rose in the sky. The giant Sequoias rose like hands raised to the heavens, praising God for all the changes he's provided over a thousand years to aid their growth -- changes in seasons, sun and rain, fire and snow.
after a couple miles we reached a beautiful visa overlooking a lake.
....but a week later, everything changed. Same tree....different weather.
11 inches of snow dropped in a recent storm and it left the forest quiet under a canopy of snow hanging in the cedar, hemlock, and redwood branches.
...that meant snowshoe time!
....you see, change is OK! Creation can teach us that! Even when things change, you can find new ways to find joy in whatever your new season brings.
^^ our kids call this oak tree the "pregnant mommy". Can you see what they see?
It was snowing fairly hard....so for lunch we tucked underneath a tree to hide from falling snow.
^^ on the way back at 20 yards, we watched a 5-point white tail buck along with some doe.
parked under the Giant sequoias, no one else was at the trail head. The forest was quiet.
After a day in the mountains, it was time to go home.
Change can be scary. But you know what's even scarier?....not changing and missing out on the joy that can be found when you truly embrace whatever your new season brings.
Winter has come.
These are good days.