Today as we were driving in the car, my girls had me look up a song from their VBS this summer. It was called Whole Lotta Change, and the lyrics say:
"There's a whole lotta change coming your way
'Cause like it or not, nothing stays the same."
The girls got SO excited and started dancing and singing to this song that they love, and it got me to thinking... look at how they celebrate change! This song unsettles me, but somehow they love it. They aren't afraid of change. They want to dance and sing and celebrate it.
We've been talking a LOT about change in our household recently, as one does when one has two daughters approaching the tween years. Let's just say both of them are pretty excited about becoming young ladies and they are leaning fully into looking and acting as grown up as possible.
As I engage their enthusiasm for the changes that are to come, part of me feels grief and loss. How can they be growing this quickly? Why do we have to rush so fast into the next season of becoming?
But then I see their joy, and I realize that the joy is beautiful. I remember how much I wanted to grow up when I was their age, too. I realize that I would far rather them look upon the future with hope than with despair or dread. Yes, there will be hard things to come. A whole lotta change. But there will also be good things. And right now, they are looking for the good. Praise be to God, they are looking for the good.
It challenged me to do the same, church. We all have a whole lotta change coming. Some of us can see it pretty clearly in our path, and others of us will be surprised with a curve ball before too long... 'cause like it or not, nothing stays the same. And it scares us. As my dad always says, change is always painful, even the good kind.
But what if we look for the good, too? What if we choose to trust our Father to provide for our needs in whatever change is to come? What if we stand in the truth of our Belovedness and believe that it is enough? That's what my kids are doing. They trust their dad and I to help walk them through the changes that are to come in the next season. They know they are loved and that they will be provided for.
I'm longing for that sort of childlike faith as I look at changes that are to come for me. And I'm praying for it for all of us. May we choose trust. May we choose faith. May we choose to dance and sing and celebrate.
I love you so, Element.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
A Whole Lotta Change