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Life is good. Even when its tough, there is still good, if we're brave enough to look for it. I believe life's goodness comes from our Creator whose presence is everywhere and in all things, including you and me. The love and grace of God surrounds us. Can you feel it?
As I have welcomed spring and the changing of seasons, I've noticed God's presence surrounding me. There are so many things that are changing these days. I used to be a girl who loathed change and there are times when I still dread it. Change is least welcome when we're happy and when we're comfortable. This has certainly been the case for me. Loosing someone you love is never wanted change. Leaving or moving away from those you hold dear is also uncomfortable change. Moments of starting over can be challenging change. But, there are other types of change. Like how your life changes when you fall in love. How everything you once knew is suddenly different with the presence of a child. Maybe its trusting in God and taking a leap of faith you didn't think you had the courage to take, just to find out there was an ocean of blessings on the other side. Change can be good.
I spent some time in my garden this weekend. I pruned back my rose and hydrangea bushes, set out a new hanging basked, potted new plants along my entry way and planted beautiful daisy's and petunias in the flower boxes around my trees. How beautiful it is to sit inside of change. Not long ago, the pots were empty and the bushes covered with snow. The grass was brown and the trees bare. But now the beauty of spring has blossomed and oh what a miraculous change.
Though my infertility often makes me feel like the cold brown branches of a winter tree, lifeless and forgotten, I know spring is right around the corner. Hope is more than a word inscribed on a ring I wear every day, its the reason we keep fighting. "Faith in things hoped for." I have faith in things hoped for. Yet, in the midst of that wintery struggle, there is a garden blooming. I have received my first appointment. Starting June 13th, I will be an associate pastor at a growing and exciting new church here in OK. What a blessing this is for me and my family. New life is blooming for us. Things are changing and we're embracing the changes. We can't wait to be a part of this church's life and to help nurture and grow the Kingdom of Heaven.
So as I go about my day singing "ch-ch-ch-ch-changes", I hope you'll think about your life and how God might be making changes and moving things around in order to help your garden bloom. Sometimes there has to be a little pruning, but in the end, what happens is life giving. Trust in God and embrace that with change comes great opportunity. How might you grow closer to God and show God to others through the changing of seasons in your life?