Allow me to introduce you to our pal, Change. He has been sticking around our lives for sometime now, and just when I think he's gone, suddenly he reappears. He even comes complete with his own set of cliches: Change is inevitable. Change will come whether we want it to or not. Change is the only thing that is constant.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Some days Change and I are best friends. I laugh and smile and frolic in the joy that is Change. Some days I wish I could take Change by the scruff of the neck and fling him as far away from me as possible. Whatever the case, Change sticks around and our love-hate relationship is as strong as ever.
Michael and I have prayed at length for our good buddy Change and could not be more thrilled to be in this blessed season of our lives. However, for control-freak, plan-obsessed, OCD people like myself, sometimes a friend called Change is the last thing we could ever need or want, regardless of how wonderful he can be. (BTW, Change is referred to as "he" in this post, as of course, only a man could disrupt life like Change does.) Change is difficult. Change makes you readjust everything you thought you once knew. Change make you downright uncomfortable at times. And more often than not, Change has a way of dragging along his best friend, Patience. Fantastic. Just what I needed. TWO houseguests.
On my Facebook profile, I have a quote that I found not long after Change made a very unexpected visit to Michael and I last year. It's beautiful and true and speaks highly of dear 'ole Change:
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. There is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life. - Alan Cohen
So, if you're reading this I ask that you pray for us and our friends Change and Patience. We haven't gotten along very well lately, but I would like to think our relationship is on the mend and we'll be continuing along our amazing journey very soon. (If you haven't guessed, Michael and I are in the midst of a lot of life changes right now and would appreciate all prayers and support we can get.)
Oh yeah, and I probably should tell you Change (or Patience, I haven't figured out which one yet) has disabled our internet at this time. We are not sure when the service will be restored. I will return to my blogging duties as soon as possible, or whenever Change allows...