“ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER … DOOT, DOOT, DOOT, DOOT”

By Lisa Huddleston

It’s that time of year again.  Students are heading back to classes.  Parents are facing empty (or emptying) nests.  The season is changing.  And even though I don’t have any major changes of my own going on this year—my oldest son is a college senior now, my daughter a college sophomore, and my youngest son a high school senior—I still woke up this morning in the middle of a stress dream.  At least it wasn’t the having-to-take-a-final-exam-I-forgot-to-study-for dream or the performing-in-a-show-I-haven’t-rehearsed-for dream.  This was just the moving-to-a-new-city dream … but I was still in a sweat when I woke up.  Yep.  I just don’t deal well with change.

And I know from talking to several of my friends that I’m not alone.  In an unscientific poll conducted this morning via text messaging, I learned that change causes “resistance,” “pain,” “deliberate effort,” and “hard work and adjustment.”  Of course, these responses were from moms who are in the same stage of life that I am.  They are dealing with the same loss and the same anxieties over sending their chicks out into the big, bad world. 

Not everyone in my poll felt the same way.  My 19-year-old daughter—who has already changed colleges and majors in her first year of school—happily said, “I like change—at least most of the time!”  As did my mother who replied, “Change is just a part of life.  I’d get bored without it.”   Of course, she is the woman who used to change our furniture around so much that my little sister crashed into a dresser one night thinking she was leaping into her bed!  Maybe the hankering for change skips a generation or maybe it’s that I don’t like it’s being forced upon me, but change just for the sake of change isn’t my cup of tea.

But like it or not, change happens.  Time, and the change it brings, is like a river that keeps rolling—sometimes over us, sometimes all around us, and sometimes carrying us and our peace of mind away.  And during these especially aggravating times of change, I’m thankful to be able to run to the one constant in the ebb and flow.  The Eternal One.  The One who holds me in the palm of His hand and sets my feet on a Solid Rock that never shifts.  It is then, when the waters are raging, that He tethers me to reality and keeps me from losing my grip and going under. 

  •  “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
  • “His love is eternal” (Psalm 136).
  • “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.  So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).

Do you feel the river rolling?  Is it a calm ride today?  Take advantage of the serenity to prepare by searching out some lifelines of your own in God’s word.  Caught up in a raging flood?  Hold on to the words of God.  Call to Him and let Him guide you through the rapids.  Who knows?  If you trust Him, you may even enjoy the ride!

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