by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
In our blog from December 1, 2014, Joy wrote a blog titled, "Change is Hard." She shared the story of the sale of our home of 33 years. It was the home our kids grew up in. While we did have some sad moments, we have mostly happy memories of that home. We were sad to leave but knew it was the best decision we could make. Since that time, we have learned to feel comfortable in our new home and have made many new friends. We know that we will make lasting memories here just as we did in our previous home.
But, as Sonny and Cher sang years ago, "The beat goes on…" and change happens. Just last week our son called and said he had a job offer in another state and was going to be moving in a few weeks. I wish I could say that I was happy for him, but my immediate reaction was sadness. Sadness because my plans for him didn't include a move to another state. My plans were for all of our kids and grandkids to live no farther than the hour drive they are now. Change was not in my long-term plan.
And then this morning I was reading the story of Ruth to one of my grandchildren. Ruth is the story of the love of a daughter-in-law, Ruth, for her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth had such a strong bond with Naomi that she willingly left her family and homeland to travel the long distance to be with Naomi and her people. I paused from my reading to explain to my grandchild what a sacrifice that was. When Ruth left her homeland, she knew that she would probably never see her mother or father again. It wasn't like today. There were no cars or airplanes to make the travel back and forth easier. There was no snail mail, no email, no cell phones, no text messages, no FaceTime, and no Skype. Saying good-bye meant good-bye.
And then it hit me. I am so blessed to live in a time when saying good-bye doesn't mean what it did to Ruth and her family. I know that when our son moves, we will be able to see him again soon. We have many ways to keep in touch.
And so, while change is hard, I know that God's plans are always better than my plans. God's Word puts it best in Isaiah 55:8-9 when He says, "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,' declares the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.'"
I just need to respond by saying, "Thank You, Lord!"