“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” Romans 12: 2
A couple of years ago 93-year old mother called and asked, “What would you think if I moved to Cedar Place?” (an apartment for seniors next to the nursing home where my dad spent his last five years of life). I responded with, “I like the idea. How can I help you?” She didn’t need my help! She put her house on the market, picked out a unit with a good view, and began to make lists of what she would need in the apartment, what she wanted to give to her children and grandchildren, and found someone to hold an estate sale to remove the rest of her life-time accumulation. A college student moving into their first apartment couldn’t have been more thrilled than Mom to be living alone in an apartment for the first time.
Charles Ringma, a theologian who authored one of my favorite meditation books, “Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen”, said this about change: “Change that arises out of reactions will hardly be helpful. Changes made to quickly fill the empty places in our lives will hardly be satisfying. Changes made on the run is seldom purposeful.” The trick to making a change in your life situation is to be open to possibilities–like my mother. I am grateful neither me nor my brothers had to suggest it might be time for a change….
Dear Lord, help me see change as an opportunity to learn, grow, and enjoy life even more. Amen.