“A Season of Change.”
“It’s definitely a ‘Season of Change’,”-It’s what one of my mentors, Kim told me. A season of change…Change…Like Fall? I like fall. October. Pumkin Spice latte? Ew. Change…. I’m checking out groceries. “Hey, Andrew, what do you think about change?” Andrew, a college kid, is bagging groceries to my left and he looks like I just hit him. “Change? Well…um…when enough of it collects in my car, I take it to a coin conversion center…” “No. I meant life change…how you deal with it; how do you respond to it?” Again he looks like I just struck him. “I dunno…I guess I don’t like to stay in the same place too long.” Change. A Season of Change.
How do I feel about it? After such a superb summer, I sometimes find myself longing for it in the mundane, even craving it, missing the joys of the present. Other times, I drag my heels emotionally through it, screaming “No!” But I think I change in regard to change as well. For instance, I used to hate cutting my hair and I would go for years with waist-length hair. But then one day, I discovered that I love haircuts and changing the way I look, wearing my hair differently in regards to whatever season I’m in. Life is hair.
In addition, I often find myself infatuated with descriptions on how characters change in books. Do you skip through the descriptions of things in books? I LOVE reading how the author describes something! Particularly, change in a character’s life, especially after they’ve been on some journey of some kind. One of my all-time favorites is how the land of Narnia affects the four Pevensie children in Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951), “…I don’t think Edmund would have had a chance if he had fought Trumpkin twenty-four hours earlier. But the air of Narnia had been working upon him ever since they arrived on the island, and all his old battles came back to him, and his arms and fingers remembered their old skill. He was King Edmund once more” (Prince Caspian, CS Lewis, p. 109).
“He was King Edmund once more.”
When we think of ourselves in the midst of our own life stories, we unwittingly think of ourselves as an evergrowing, DYNAMIC character. In the study of literature, a dynamic character is a person who changes over time, usually as a result of resolving a central conflict or facing a major crisis. Most dynamic characters tend to be central rather than peripheral characters, because resolving the conflict is the major role of central characters (from http://learn.lexiconic.net/characters.htm). Everyone wants to be at the center of the story. At the center of the newsfeed. At the center of that last snap; the center of the picture. Almost no one wants to be to known as a STATIC character. A static character is someone who does not change over time; his or her personality does not transform or evolve (also from http://learn.lexiconic.net/characters.htm). And Indeed, Don’t the best stories show how a character adapts to crises and changes and how he grows in the midst of them?
“Change…it is necessary for progress.”-My good friend Rachel said this during a conversation over text. She goes on and says, “There is a type of death that takes place right before every major or significant change. The death of your single life before marriage; the death of the way friendships are when you move to another city; the death of yourself when you come to Christ. But similar to actual death it does not mean that everything about that past life is gone…but merely different, altered in a significant way. Like when people we love die. Everything about them isn’t gone, but how we relate to them definitely changes.” Perhaps this is why we freak out so much sometimes when things change, we are mourning the death of a time. On the contrary, my coworker, Evan, suggests that perhaps change isn’t always the death of something, but “The fulfillment of it…Like a sandwich. When you eat it, it is the death of that sandwich but could it also be the fulfillment of it?” Or as King Solomon put it,
“A time to gain,
And a time to lose; A time to keep,
And a time to throw away”-Ecclesiastes 6 (NKJV).
“Change…it is necessary for progress.”-Rachel Khattar
A Season of Change. I think there is a restless sense of adventure built into all of us. We want new things. As my fellow cyclist Ryan Hartwell reminded me, the lifestage that my generation is in is thought of “…as being wild and free.” This is exhibited in the way we want to see new movies; hear new songs. We want to hike new mountains; see new places, be new people. We want others to see how different we are. We want to be at the center of that flicker of a Snapchat, the center of the newsfeed; the center of the picture.When we work out or start a new diet, we want to see results. We want to stop and turn around at the end of a long journey and see how far we’ve come.
All in all, as a Christian, I should long for change in a healthy sense. I should always strive to be growing in my relationship with Christ and submit to His work in my life. Even if it involves the death of times…and the growth of times. In essence, to be in a perpetual ‘Season of Change.’
We want to stop and turn around at the end of a long journey and see how far we’ve come.
“…I’m learning to see change as a good thing. It reminds me that this isn’t home and that I am dependent on God for direction in life.”- A word from my friend, Nate. As much as we may change in this life, it is also a comfort to know that God never does. He never changes so we can change without fear. As my friend, Kaylee says, “…He is my constant, the one thing in my life that never changes. There is such a freedom in knowing that.” As Kevin DeYoung says, He “…doesn’t take risks so we can” (Just Do Something, p 39). He is the God who holds change in His hand, the God who never changes but changes us to be more like Him. The God of the Seasons of Change. He’ll be there when you are ready to roll with the changes. So roll with the changes.
“…He is my constant, the one thing in my life that never changes. There is such a freedom in knowing that.”-Kaylee Fujan
“…In the end, change is a part of the story and adventure that is life.” –Nate Jarrett