Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu
The moment I held my son, I knew my life had changed drastically. Cliche? Yes. I know it’s what everyone says and I know most of the time when someone says that to me, my eyes gloss over and I tune out. But as I stood next to my wife in the hospital, this cliche suddenly came to life — with blue eyes and brown hair. Was it cliche? Yeah, it was. Was it true?
However, this wasn’t the only moment that I experienced sudden life change.
The day I married my wife.
The day I lost one of my best friends.
The day I bought a car.
The day I bought a house.
The day Arrested Development was canceled.
All of these things introduced change into my life. At least, change I was aware of. That’s the funny thing about life. It’s always changing, but we don’t always recognize it. Sometimes it’s changes just a little, like a neighbor moving or switching desks at work — changes that seem small at the time — even though they lead you to meeting someone new and thereby changing the trajectory of your life. All without you realizing it. You just thought you were upgrading your cubicle.
Or buying a new redline stapler.
This is why the quote above from Lao Tzu resonates with me. While he may believe that life, for the most part, is a series of random occurrences and changes — and I believe life is orchestrated and authored by God Himself — both lead to the same thought. Life is filled with change and it’s the kind we have little, if any, control over. You can try to resist change all you want, but even the rock in the middle of the stream, the one that appears to be immovable, is still having pieces of itself shaved off by the current. You may think you can keep life from changing you, but most likely it’s just changing you in ways you can’t see or won’t acknowledge.
So my hope with my writings on life is to talk about the changes that life brings. Talking about change is really the only kind of control we have over it. We can choose to keep silent and pretend it isn’t there or we can talk about life — it’s beauty and mysteries — it’s cruelty and frustrations — it’s joy and sorrows — and thereby find peace in the process.
Soli Deo Gloria
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