When I was little, I loved playing with bubble wrap. My dad was a Marine, so from birth till around middle school we moved around quite a bit. One of my favorite things about moving was all the bubble wrap and boxes that would be left over after we would move into a new city. My younger sister and I would eagerly wait till everything was unpacked so we could build forts from the boxes and of course roll the bubble wrap out on the floor. We would run across it as fast as we could to hear the “pop, pop, pop” echo through our new home. I have so many found memories of all the moves throughout my life, and while I was often leery about moving to a new city, I loved making new friends and experiencing new places.
Now that I’m older, I still love the sound of popping bubble wrap but I have found I am not as open to change as I was many years ago. Recently, I moved home to my parents’ house, for the time being while I finish up my seasonal job with the Washington Nationals and continue to look for jobs. As I wrapped and packed up my belongings in bubble wrap, I couldn’t help but think about all the times I moved as a child and the innocence and optimism I held for changes in my life. I wonder why it is we have to lose so many child-like views on the world as we grow older?
We all like to be in control and have some knowledge of what is going to take place in our life. Whether it be job security, having friends or knowing exactly how long it takes you to get from your house to the grocery store, we all like things that are routine. However, change is a natural part of life and it happens whether you like it or not. The one thing that I am slowly learning is that you have to simply take the changes in your life for what they are worth.
“And even, in His severe mercy, He withholds good things from her that she might return to Him”
I recently started a bible study in the book of Hosea, and the above quote was in a passage that went along with scripture. This verse hit me square in the gut. All my fears about not landing a job and insecurities about moving home suddenly seemed so minuscule. You see often times when we have changes in our life we are completely unaware that these changes are part of a bigger plan.
It’s easy to praise God when everything is wonderful and you’re in “control”. When things start do not go in the way that you wanted, or turn sour, we tend to pull away from God. But the thing is, God is in control when things are good AND bad. He uses these situations to try and draw you closer to Him. To realize that no matter how hard you may try, He is the one in control.
Corey Smith is one of my favorite artists. One of the song lyrics states: “ To live is to struggle and to struggle is to grow.” I cannot think of a better way to look change. Whether good or bad, theses experiences help shape you and allow the potential for growth; you just have to be able to recognize how to let this change shape you. So next time something happens that is out of your hands, take a deep breath, roll out the bubble wrap and remember that God loves you and He has everything under control.