Saturday, February 14, 2009

Change/Convert/Develop

I've been thinking a lot lately about the subject of transition. It's been the title of my blog for a while now, but I recently have been struck with the profound meaning that this particular word has in my life. The whole concept of transitioning from one phase to another plays a part in every living organism, every atmospheric cycle, every form of matter. Our world has been, is currently, and always will be in a state of continuous movement--Everything changes. Whether it's winter into spring, plant matter turning to soil, water evaporating, growing older--everything is destined to morph and develop into something else.

I've been having a lot of conversations with friends about change. New places to live, new friends, marriage, babies, new jobs... To be honest, I've always sort of held a grudge against change. That is why I chose the word to be my blog title. It is my most significant fear, and often plays a part in the decisions that I make on a daily basis. The idea of "fixing anything that isn't broken" or "ruining what we've got" is just very unappealing to me.

But you know what? What a lousy way to live! I find it interesting that the single thing that does not change in this messed up universe is the only PERFECT part of it--God. God's character and plan have been the same forever before, and will remain forever after. Obviously, God being that one Constant is enough. He created this world for new experience, new ways to glorify Himself. Fighting change is fighting God's plan in a way...

So now for some application, which I know we all love. I'm living in a new town, with a new job, trying to find a new church where I can meet new friends. NONE of those things are comfortable to me at all. I have quite a few friends in this similar situation. Some are coming out of bad break-ups, some are just starting new families, some have moved across the country (and the world!)--the important thing is that WE REMEMBER what it is that we all have in common. God is that constant, who provides direction, peace, and fulfillment--even when we're totally convinced we've messed up our lives for good.

Now, I know there are a few specific people who actually read this blog:
-Laura and Mercedes: Enjoy the heck out of Thailand/England. I love reading about your adventures, and I am confident that both of you will capitalize on your experience abroad and learn from it. I hope that God revealing to you the constant reliability that only HE can provide. I learned that lesson in the Philippines, and it's way too easy to forget here in the US.

-Danae: You're in a boat similar to mine. But you're home. I have complete confidence that you're doing what you need to do. You've always been good at networking and meeting new people. Just remember to stay open minded to opportunities that may come your way. You never know where they might take you.

-John: You can climb in my red boat if you'd like. But you're right--I think your blue boat is probably better. No one knows what I'm talking about, but you get it. =D

-Katie?: I'm not sure if she's still reading this or not...but good luck with that marriage thing. I'm not going to try to give you marital advice. Good luck with that. =D I just want to remind you that even though you're in IOWA, and when things get a little weird and you're tired of looking at corn and old barns--God has you there for a specific reason. I hope that you can find a place in your town where He can use you to serve Him like I know you want to.

If anyone else actually reads this, I'm sorry I didn't mention you. As a general rule for everyone--seek God and His kingdom above all things. If you don't know or believe in God, I'd encourage you to truly examine your views on life and what your purpose on Earth is. In this world of ever-changing circumstances and uncertainties, let me tell you--it's absolutely amazing to have that solid foundation, that constant, unchanging force in your life! And it can't be found anywhere else than in God.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

HEAT WAVE

It was like 40F yesterday! It's nice to see some of the snow melting off. Bethany came down on Saturday and we walked around UofM campus for a while, and found this super-cool Chinese restaurant. Good Mongolian Beef. I'm a fan.

Today I'm going to find a park, I think. I need to get out and enjoy sunshine a bit.

Not much going on since I got home from Washington. Just work, trainings, and apartment stuff. My apartment stinks now. They had new carpet installed right before I moved in (which is great--no complaints), BUT it stinks. New carpet smell is not great. So I bought this thing that I thought would mask the smell, but instead it combined together and it just REEKS now. :( Sadness.

Maybe it will all just disappear...