The world around us is constantly changing. Some changes are like growing children, a process so lengthy with differences so minuscule that you hardly notice a difference until months later, when you suddenly find your child’s legs are ten inches too long for their black dress pants and now you’d better run to the store before it closes because their band concert is in two hours. Other changes are much more noticeable much more quickly, like when you’re enjoying a walk in the sunshine and a thunderstorm hits. Suddenly you’re soaking wet and still have three blocks to go before you get to your car. The term “winds of change” could often be more accurately stated as “hurricanes of change”.
The emotions that change can create in us are significant, and not always positive. Whether it’s a change that affects the rest of your life or simply the rest of your day’s schedule, we can experience feelings of chaos, anxiety, disappointment and even regret when life goes differently than we thought it would. This doesn’t just involve us. The turmoil produced by change can influence everyone around you, especially your family. At Birthline, we see the fear and confusion of sudden change every day. We see it in mothers who have unexpectedly discovered they’re pregnant and in fathers who found out they’re now responsible for a tiny human life.
Undeniably, change produces growth. Sometimes it’s easy to see that growth right away, and we feel secure in the decisions we’ve made. Other times, like a wildfire, it will take a while to see beauty come from the ashes. What is there to hold on to when it feels like everything is shifting? The only eternal and constant thing we are promised in this world is our Creator.
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. (James 1:17-18)
Peace in the middle of chaos and turmoil can only be found when we place our trust in Jesus Christ. This is the hope we offer to the families we serve. He is our Solid Rock, our Firm Foundation. The storm may rage around us, but we are able to hold fast to the promise of life from death, light from darkness, and new beginnings from change.