Read: “When You Feel Overwhelmed” —Quiet Spaces, pages 106-108.
Someone once said that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. In many ways, that’s probably a true statement. Most of us prefer to stay well within our comfort zones, with no surprises or sudden changes. However, whether we like it or not, change is a constant in our world today. Not only is it constant, it’s accelerating, dragging us along with it.
In just this early part of the twenty-first century alone, we’ve seen economies boom and bust, stock markets soar and plummet, wars begin and cease. In our own lives, we’ve had to deal with changing family structures, changing moral values, changing attitudes, and changing lifestyles. It’s not all bad—change can be positive—but all change can be stressful, and a lot of change means a lot of stress.
When you consider that people of my generation can remember a radio that operated with vacuum tubes inside, a television that was only in black and white, airplanes that were propeller driven, and cars that only had a manual transmission—well, you can imagine just how much change we’ve encountered. I can remember buying my first personal computer—a huge expense at the time—and being thrilled with the 64KB of memory it had, which was just enough to store three pages of writing. As the saying goes, “We’ve come a long way, baby.”
Christianity has changed too. We worship differently, we express ourselves differently, we have a much greater freedom in how we follow Jesus. Liturgies change, hymns change, church buildings change, even how we view the clergy has changed. Women play a greater role in today’s Christian church, even in the most conservative congregations.
Change is inevitable and unavoidable. Someone once said that change is like a driverless Mack truck, coming slowly down the street and heading right for you. Either you jump out of the way and miss the new change, stay right where you are and get run over, or jump on board and take the wheel. There are no other alternatives. So how do we as Christians handle change? How do we align ourselves so that when all else is changing, our faith and our God do not?