Change is such an innocuous little word and yet the impact it has can be huge. Change is inevitable and may fill us with a sense of uncertainty and even fear. However, change can also be a thing of beauty, expectation, opportunity and growth.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said, “Change is the only constant in life.”
Change affects us all and we each deal with change differently. Whilst living in the comfort zone, is safe, predictable and feels a little like a warm, familiar embrace but wonderful things begin to happen when you expand your horizons! The fear of the unknown will keep you stuck for as long as you stay there. Fear limits the possibilities and it drains us of our energy.
Change is an inevitable aspect of life; some changes we can control, while others we cannot. Whatever the case may be, we have the opportunity to control how we respond. Often it is the small and subtle nuances and shifts that are preparing us for bigger change.
Our responses then become a huge part of our ability to adapt to these changes and determine our ability to thrive amidst uncertainty. It can be an important time to reflect upon our choices and responses and see what has been helpful for us. What changes and what remains the same? What anchors us? What is true in our lives? What supports do we have and who is journeying through this change with us? Real change (transformation) comes from going THROUGH the struggle, wrestling with those difficult feelings and having the courage to engage in the process.
In the famous children’s story, ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, the refrain echoed throughout the story is,
“We can't go over it.
We can't go under it.
We've got to go through it!”
At school we have seen students stepping forward hesitantly at first but recognising that, as in the ‘Bear Hunt’, they must go through it. It has been a remarkable time of building resilience, flexibility and independence.
To become a butterfly, a caterpillar must first undergo a process of change, or metamorphosis. This process is often slow and gradual, moving through a five-stage cycle where several things are happening inside the chrysalis.
The transformation stage to becoming a butterfly is actually hard work for the caterpillar and inside the chrysalis there is little rest. In order for the change to fully take place, the caterpillar’s old body must die and then a new body with wings will emerge.
Essentially, change is a working process. It can be painful and difficult to see through but if we can engage in the process, we can be transformed. In seasons of change, we cannot keep the old with the new, and one must make way for the other; in the contending for the outcome of the joy (goal) set before us that we can see the value of engaging in the journey of change!
Finally, and most importantly, we are told, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
This means, we can rest in knowing that while everything around us seems to be in chaos, we have a God who loves us and holds us in His grip.
Peace and blessings,