This upcoming move has made me ponder a lot recently. Our little family is undergoing a lot of change in what feels like a very short amount of time. In the last 10 months – well 11 months really – we have moved to the house we are currently in, had a baby, David started a new job, I became a stay at home mom, I finished school, and now we are preparing to move to Ohio. Like I said, a lot of changes in a very short amount of time.
One of the things I’m really struggling with is the concept of change. Everytime I think of an example of change, there is always a loss. While change can be very exciting, you often gain something by losing something else. For instance, getting married gained me a husband, but I lost my family identity. Being pregnant gained me a child, but we lost the freedom of spontaneity that comes with being a childless married couple. Moving to Ohio will gain me new friends, new experiences, new everything, but I’m leaving behind my friends, my family, and my home here.
Could it be that the nature of change – of gains at the cost of a loss – is a result of the fall of man and the nature of sin? Could it be that when Jesus comes again and brings with him the new heaven and the new earth that there will no longer be any change? Or that somehow the nature of change will be different so that there will no longer be loss or grief?
I don’t know if I have the answers, or if these are just the ramblings of a stressed out, sleep deprived mind. But I do look forward to the time, to the day when Jesus will come again and there will no longer be any grief or sadness.
So, I will grieve the loss of what I’m leaving behind in Virginia, but hopefully soon, I will be able to rejoice and be excited for the things I will gain with this change.