March Break has arrived! Can you believe it? Your child entered this school year with the nerves and excitement that always comes with beginning a new grade, entering a new classroom, or possibly even attending a brand new school. However, we have made it to what is classified as the ⅔ part of the school year. March Break hits and then we begin to classify it as the home stretch of the school year.
Change is a funny thing. Do you remember times in your life when you saw a child you had not seen for a while and then had shot up a few inches (or possibly feet), or that the last time you spoke with them they behaved like a child and now they can hold a civilized adult conversation with you? When we experience the gradual change of children, we tend to not notice it as much. We see them everyday and witness the minor adjustments to who they are, how they relate with you, and even their physical stature.
We, as humans, ironically do not adjust well to change. We naturally tend towards a state of comfort that is our safe place that we are in control over. We like to hold on to memories and experiences that have sentimental value. However, change is natural and continues everywhere around us, including inside ourselves. Now, this is not a bad thing per say; for example, we do not like the change that happens when a loved one passes on. We struggle and seem to just fight to survive when massive life shifts happen like this. Change is difficult, but natural nonetheless.
I encourage you to take some time over this March Break to reflect on change. Look at the children that you know in this school. Where were they when the school year began? What did they look like? What did they know? How did they relate with the world? Then reflect upon where they are now. Have they grown? Do they know more about God’s creation? Do they understand more of our Creator?
Along with this, reflect also upon your own life. Have you had any major life shifts since September? Have you lost a loved one? Have you gained a new loved one? Have you moved to a new home? Have you began a new career? These are just a few questions to think about. If you did not answer yes to any of these, I encourage you to think of those people that did experience these types of life changes. If you are a person that did answer yes, other people are praying for you!
Change is difficult; it is not easy. However, it is necessary. It is what allows us to move from being the voice of authority over your children to becoming friends with your children. It is what can move you out of a bad situation into a great one. It is what happened when you first realized that Christ needs to be on the throne of your life! Hopefully, accepting Christ as Lord of our lives will make all these other changes “grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace” (Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus).