The first line of the first chapter stopped me. I had to sit and ponder. And then I had to ask of the Lord. “Really? Are there really far better things ahead than what I’ve been asked to leave behind. Because really, Lord, I thought what I had was pretty good.”
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
How about you, my friends. Did this quote stop you and leave you pondering or questioning your current season?
Sometimes the pain that change brings is unbearable. You can almost feel it from the inside out as your heart cracks open and your gaping wound is exposed. At least for me, that is the way I’ve felt through long seasons of change. Some changes are welcome with open arms and hearts, yet I’ve kicked and screamed my way through, wondering where God was in all of it. Why is it necessary? And if it is His plan, why does it hurt so much.
I can imagine the life Kristen had dreamed of, and yet, she was no sooner married then she was asked to pack up and move cross-country. As if being a newlywed and married to an air force officer wasn’t enough. Kristen had to fasten her seat belt and prepare to meet change head on.
Have you found yourself asking these questions of the Lord in your season of change?
“How am I supposed to make room in my heart for the new realities change brings when I want nothing more to do with change in the first place?”
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“How can I live my life well when life feels completely unfamiliar and foreign?”
For me, contentment (or the lack thereof) has been a huge part of my long season of change. From the time my husband lost his job over 4.5 years ago (thankfully he’s employed now), to the time we had to short sell our home of 16 years, to having to sell cars and jewelry just to eat, to my most recent layoff and having to settle into a new job — in all of it I realize I’ve been searching for contentment.It's not that I didn't know how to be content. I didn't want to be content with change. Click To Tweet
Acknowledging that God wants to be in our lives more than those things we hold onto is the first step to acceptance, and the first step to contentment.
When your life is suddenly turned upside down by change, you have two choices: accept or reject.
“It takes time to maneuver the rough textures and shadowy shades of change that dips its fingers into all parts of our lives. It takes time for our hearts to accept it. But when we do learn to accept it, we see how God uses it to take us from the (Arbuckle) wilderness to our own (beach) paradise.” – Kristen Strong, Girl Meets Change
I don’t now about you ladies, but I’d much rather be sitting on a beach in paradise somewhere than wandering around in the wilderness unsatisfied with where I am in life today.
How has this first chapter impacted you? What stands out to you the most? I would love for you to leave your thoughts in the comments below. You can also visit me on Facebook.
Next week we will discuss Chapter 2 – The Way Change Moves.