Finding the Exhilarating Beauty in Change

Routines are good for us. They provide structure for our days, goals and dreams. But change is good for us too. It enlivens, refreshes, and reminds us we’ve still got some oomph, especially as we age.

It also can feel a little scary, like that moment we first learned to ride a bike or cook an egg. We wonder what will happen when dad lets go of the handle bars and we’re on our own, or if we’ll burn the egg and set the darn thing (or ourselves!) on fire.

Lately, with summer’s approach, I’ve craved a change. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent much time recently at a nearby lake where I’ve seen it go from winter brown to spring color. Whatever the reason, it’s drawn me to change the way I’m experiencing God.

Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. --Luke 16:27

Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. –Luke 16:27

Where God has revealed light and life primarily in words—from scripture, others’ writing and my own—I’m drawn to what he’s showing me about light in his creation.

It’s changing me, to believe the truth that Jesus is the light of the world, and now take time to study what light does in and through the world he made.

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the light... -- James 1:17

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the light… — James 1:17

I’m seeing the world and the Word differently in these explorations of light. Truth soaks into the heart in fresh ways when we’re willing to change our vantage point and see it.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. -- John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. — John 1:5

I don’t know what darkness or light you’re facing today, what places you’re stuck or what routines might need a little shaking up. But you do, and God does.

Perhaps today is the day to crack open the door to change, or maybe even throw open the door and run after it. If the routines you’ve got feel lifeless and stale, maybe that’s God whispering “Child, let me show you something new. It might feel a little scary, but I promise I’ll be here, running beside you as you pedal that bike and find your balance in this change.”

There’s beauty in change. May each of us trust God in it so the light and life can flow in and through us.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward… — Lao Tzu

– Laurie

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    • says

      Thank you, Becky. It’s shifting and changing…. so many different ways to find and see and appreciate light. In nature, on structures, in places we wouldn’t normally look. Makes me really curious what about God as Light I’ve been missing all these years!

  1. Elizabeth Jones says

    Love these pictures and your fresh insight Laurie as you see things in a new way. Praying for healing and change and growth for your soul! As always- thank you for sharing your journey with us!

    • says

      Amen to that! He really is bringing healing. Reminds me of my oldest biological daughter and how she was born jaundiced… how it was only light that could heal her. Maybe that’s us too.

  2. Nicco Cobb says

    Your newfound love of light and watching how God uses it has had an uplifting effect on your outlook and your writing. Soak it in….it’s nothing but good!