My daughter just finished kindergarten last month, and one thing I was not prepared for when she got off the bus on the last day was how sad she was going to be – she was sniffling and I could see the tears coming. When I asked what was wrong she immediately started crying and said “I just miss Mrs. Robson SO much”. It had been 10 minutes. It was sweet and I was able to kind of laugh it off in the moment and try to help her get excited about what’s coming this summer, reminding her of how much she learned this year and how much she’s grown…simply pointing out the positives and how much there is to celebrate.
The reality is that change can be really hard. Many of us are constantly going through times of change, whether it’s changing jobs, moving to a new neighborhood, maybe a new friendship or relationship that you’re excited about, a new pair of shoes, a new haircut….the possibilities are endless. I would guess there’s possibly something in your life at any given moment that is changing.
But not all changes feel positive or worth celebrating…maybe you’ve had a friendship or a relationship go south and you don’t see a way to make it better…maybe you’ve lost a family member or a job that you really loved. It’s not always easy to find the positives and the things worth celebrating in everything that’s going on.
No matter where you are or what’s going on today, the more impossible your circumstances may seem, the more likely it is that God is setting a stage for Him to be glorified through your story. It’s often our deepest hurts, struggles, and pain that He can use to bring others closer to Him.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reads:
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Every single day, God gives us His strength. He reminds us that there is always something to celebrate even in the hardest seasons. None of us are immune to feeling discouraged. What really matters is what we do on those days to keep our eyes focused on Him and the joy that is yet to come.
I think part of why my daughter was so upset on that last day is that she was mourning something that will never be the same. Just two days later, she saw two classmates at the pool and you would have thought they hadn’t seen each other in years. She was filled with joy and a sense of calm – a reminder that everything is going to be alright.
This week I read a simple phrase…”you can’t choose your story but you can choose your song”. Right now, in this moment, you have the opportunity to choose your song – to choose how you are going to respond when hard times come. When life feels unsteady, we look to the cross for the reminder that everything is going to be alright.