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“The only things that are eternal are God and change.” - Gabriel Fawcett

I wrote this post when I decided to go to Europe for four months and I just stumbled upon it, leaving me full of self realization and lots of things to ponder. 

“Have you ever fallen so deeply in love with a place and everything in it? For me, it’s Santa Barbara. The people, the coffee, the ocean, the way the fog hangs over the hills on misty mornings. Everything about that place makes me want to stay. But nothing stays comfortable for long. God is always pushing us in ways we aren’t expecting. For me, change is hard and the unknown is terrifying. But God has bigger plans. Leaving Santa Barbara for 7 months is not something I am looking forward to, simply because I am comfortable there. It is home to me. But growth is coming. 3 months at home and 4 months abroad will push me in ways I will have never imagined. With every new place and new adventure comes lessons to be learned!

Life is full of change. Nothing ever remains constant for long. You know what does? God. As it says in Hebrews 13: 8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER.” What an amazing truth to hold on to amidst the constant waves of change that is this crazy life we live.”
Convenient timing, I have been struggling with this idea of change as I have returned home from the most amazing adventure. Don’t you hate it when your younger self seems wiser than your current self? No matter what stage of life we are in, change is a concept that isn’t new to any of us, but that doesn’t make it any less difficult when we are faced with it yet again.

It is so funny to me, looking at this entry I wrote almost 9 months ago and seeing how nervous I was to leave the familiar for 7 months, and now I am anxiously awaiting returning to the once familiar. Sometimes embracing change means facing it head on, by realizing that you are in another season of change and you just have to accept it and learn the virtue of adaptability. Sometimes it means booking a last minute flight across the country just because, which I have just done, as I am writing this on the plane to Boston. Embrace change, LIVE life and LOVE it. 

Personal growth is tough and being confronted with change is hard; whether it is the way in which people enter and leave our lives, or the ambiguity of the future, change is NOT easy. But as I was reminded back in May, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER. Never forget where ultimate stability comes from. When we place our hope in anything other than Jesus, it is so unbelievably easy for our world to crumble around us in the face of stress and uncertainty. But when we place our hope and identity in Christ, people can disappoint us, the unknown future can taunt us, but God’s got it; He’s always got it.