You can’t live for too long on this planet without realizing that change permeates everything. Life breeds change and change breeds life. They are so inseparable that it’s hard to imagine one without the other.
Science has shown so vividly how much change is part of the physical reality. One notable example is our body. From birth to death we are constantly morphing. They say that every single cell in our body changes in the course of seven years. Isn’t it fascinating that cells need to change to keep us alive? Death puts out those things that don’t submit to change, that want to be stagnant. It is just how things are.
Our spiritual/immaterial being can’t escape this principle of change either. We’ve got this internal mechanism that makes us continually respond to what we’re exposed to. We just can’t stay indifferent. We have to react, adjust, adapt, relate, align and as we do we’re faced with change. Now, while change in the physical realm is inescapable, oddly enough we have the ability to resist it in this spiritual realm. It is an odd choice because when we choose to resist change we can’t escape death. It is the divine blueprint woven into our being to warn us from self destruction. The way this plays in life is that when we are stagnant (i.e. we refuse to change in a particular situation) we get bored, we don’t experience excitement and so feel death making its inroad into our being.
This principle can be seen at work in our social constructs and networks. When a great social arrangement (church institution, political party, economical philosophy etc.) that works well at one time does not change to adapt to new circumstances and realities, it inevitably dies and becomes a relic.
As good and as true this is, we have a love/hate relationship with change. There is something in us that loves stability, steadiness, and constancy. We link all of these to reliability. We want to be able to depend on something. Predictability helps us take control of our life, set its course and determine its outcomes. And so in our desire for stability and firmness we tend to resist change. Change brings the unknown. We fear that which we don’t have control over. When things work for us, we don’t want change.
Yet, if we believe in a God who created life and everything that surrounds us and yes, a God who engineered change into the fabric of life, we have to stop putting our trust in the citadels we erect; we have to stop falling in love with them and trust God, accepting His invitation to continually discover what is the new assignment He lays in front of us. It is an invitation to recreate and re-imagine our past experiences in the light of the present. We need not live in the past, but visit it so as to learn from it in our ongoing creative process we’re involved in along with God.