Don’t you love summer and all the company that comes to visit? From relatives, to old neighbors and friends, summer is the time for travelling and catching up with people from away. Our community had a tough time a few years ago when a major mill was shut down and it forced many families to pack up and move out west for work. Luckily summer rolls around and these people return for visits every so often.
This past week we had to joy of meeting our old neighbors. Eight years have come and gone, and in eight years life can bring many changes. To the naked eye, not much has changed in our neighborhood. We still have a load of boys playing whiffle ball in the side yard, the girls are all still jumping on the trampolines, and the parents are still on their patios relaxing with some music and laughs around a fire pit.
When you are living in your life, you don’t actually see the changes very much. If I was to sit and list all the changes that have happened, just in our life alone the list would be super long. Time changes many things, whether we want it to or not. In eight years my children have been through many changes, and so have my husband and I. From work, to school, to sports, to our home, and even our finance have all changed. Some great changes and of course, some not so great changes.
Life changes for a reason. It is to change us. It is to put us through tests and help develop our character. Just like a child develops from a baby, to a toddle, to a child, then and adolescent into an adult, life is all about growth and development. Spiritually we need to grow this way as well. We need to go through life changing events to help transform us spiritually.
I love the teaching in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
This part of the scripture is very reassuring. We might be getting older physically, but spiritually we are becoming renewed by our day to day life lessons. We are to be evolving and learning from our mistakes in our lives that should eventually leads us all back to our Divine Creator, his word and his spirit. Life sometimes gets incredibly hard, and too much “stuff” happens that we can’t handle on our own. Thankfully God reassures us that these are only temporary troubles that will eventually bring us tremendous eternal glory, much greater than any change.
The first night the neighbors from eight years ago arrived, we were sitting on our patio watching the boys in a big game of whiffle ball, just as they would have been eight years prior. Immediately, I thought to myself how they are going to think, absolutely nothing changed here. How untrue this was! Maybe on the external sense it looks like nothing has changed. It is still the same people in the neighborhood, doing the exact same things, but internally so much has changed. In reality, that is what needs to change. Your spirit. Your love for others, and your love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you think back over your life in the past eight years, has anything changed? Externally or internally? If nothing has changed internally, start your venture now. It is never too late to let the changes of life direct you to your spiritual Savior!