Last Sunday, I was sitting there with my notebook in front of me and for some reason a watermelon popped into my head and for some reason I drew a little watermelon's circle of life. Part of being an artist for me is never recreating the same thing twice. It's just kind of a little rule I have. It makes art that much more unique, ya know? So I wish I had done it in my art journal, but I didn't. I did it in my sermon notebook. And that's okay. I have quiet a few doodles lining the pages of my sermon notebooks. This one I felt was especially creative, though.
Anyway, it's gotten me thinking about life. For the past two years or so our pastor has been doing a series on Ecclesiastes. It's been so good. And we're reaching the end. (Nothing gold can stay, right?) But it's made me do a lot of thinking about life and changing. Change is exciting sometimes. Change is often not chosen (I can't help that my grandfather has gotten cancer.) Change is sometime chosen, though (e.g. changing jobs.) Change can be sudden, change can be gradual.
Change can be a negative thing, but sometimes when you get far enough away you see it as a blessing in disguise.
And sometimes positive change turns to negative change.
Sometimes change is just how we view it, though. Right now, I'm having a love-hate relationship with change.
I think, all in all, change is good for us. Hard at times, sad at times, awesome at times, but in the end, it's for our good. If we never had any change, we would live very dull lives. Extremely dull. We would never hope, we would never grow, we could never anything. I mean, life wouldn't really even work. But change is hard and it's inconsistent. If change is good, we thank God. If change is bad, well, it makes us long for heaven all the more. So, I guess you could say change is good. At very least, God has placed change in our lives for a reason (a reason that won't change, because we have a consistent God,) and whatever that reason is, I'm going to trust in him. Put my trust, my hope, and my belief in Him. Because without Him, what have we to hope for? Without Him life is vanity of vanities, and devoid of all hope for the future.
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' " - Jeremiah 25:11