Just a week ago I received a message that an update was available for my cellphone. I went ahead, pressed a few buttons and shortly after discovered that now it looked quite different than what I was used to. I was somewhat disappointed at first. I liked the way the screen looked like before the update, I even thought that if I can go back I would, I did not think now it was an option.
The following morning I told my son, who was home from college, that all apps on my screen looked less “sophisticated” and more like video game images. My son, quite surprised that I updated my phone ahead of him ( go Mom!) inspected my screen and announced his verdict :”Cool!” That was youth talking. It reminded me how I embraced change when I was younger. I really did welcome it. Now I realized how much I changed. A couple years back I learned (oh horror!) that my Pastor and my primary physician where moving out of state just within a month of each other and that my hairdresser was retiring in a few weeks. I was so upset- how could they do it to me! Of course, they did not do it to me, it was MH’s self-pity talking. It was I who was reluctant to change.
When I just moved to the US I had to learn and discover so many things! I can say for sure the first 8 months in a new country were the most challenging in my life.
I can relate to many people who face various challenges after relocating. It does not matter if it is a move across the globe, across the country or across the state. All of them have their similar challenges, namely: leaving behind family and friends, familiar places and services. You will have to start all over again: finding doctors, dentists, hairdressers and simply you way around town. You will feel like a new kid on a block and it may bring all kinds of insecurities. We all want to be loved and to belong. Some People end up doing totally crazy things trying to fit in. Entering a new well-established group, like a new church or a book club, may feel like a Middle School all over again, but it need not be. You can pray for strength and guidance, for going in a right direction and for the right people to appear in your life through what I call “Divine Appointments”.
Nowadays we can also easily get in touch with old friends and family for extra support. Thank God for technology! Now we have e-mail and Skype and messaging available on a cellphone! Some of us remember when a computer or a cell phone was such a novelty and it was very scary to use at first.
We can learn to rely on God in all we do and all challenging situations we may face. In my experience He wants and welcomes our complete surrender to His will. Only then we can have our joy and our song restored.
“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2