Do you ever find yourself standing in the living room, trying to imagine how things would look if you just moved the couch to the other side of the room? Of course, that means the LaZboy has to slide over just a bit. Actually, what you really need to do is move the entire entertainment center over there where the bookcase is….sigh! I’m thankful that I have a patient husband, because every so often he comes home, totally unsuspecting that change is in the wind, and finds everything rearranged.
Sometimes change is hard. When your children grow up and go off to college or get married, that is a big adjustment for everyone involved. Worse than that is the death of a parent, like my husband experienced last May. Even when you have the hope of eternal glory, the change of not having that person around anymore, to talk to or just enjoy a dinner together, is a change that is hard to get used to. These big changes that come in all our lives are reminders of how little we can control. In the Bible, in the book of James, it says, “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” (Js. 3:13-15)
How little we know what big changes tomorrow may bring! There are a lot of lessons in that: showing love to those around you, redeeming the time, being in a right relationship with Jesus….this list could go on and on! But how often I long for small changes! I want a different comforter on my bed, or something new and different for dinner. On New Year’s Day, I suddenly decided it was time to cut my hair. I mean, CUT my hair. I’m glad that most everyone seemed to like it, but I could have just as easily spent the first day of this brand new year hiding under a hat!
Maybe it’s my pitiful little grasping after control. Maybe I’m just trying to brighten the corner where I am. Or maybe I just like variety and think everyone else should, too. One thing I do know…like the song says, “this world is not my home. I’m just a’passing through!” Maybe this is just a way of recognizing that life is just a vapour. I just don’t ever want to get so attached to temporal things that I’m not ready to meet my Savior. Change keeps us on our toes!
All this to say, I had fun this weekend changing the look of the website. Still needs a little work getting the pictures put in so they aren’t blurry, but it was probably much easier than rearranging the furniture in the living room!