Lord, Don’t Let the Chair Break

Each day, 50 to 70 billion of your cells die. That sounds like bad news. Too many days like that and you might just fade into oblivion.

The good news is that each day, your body makes 50 to 70 billion new cells. Whew…oblivion can wait another day.

Every moment, we are changing.

What about the chair that you’re likely sitting on? It’s an inanimate object. It’s likely made up of a dead tree and some cotton fibers. Maybe porcelain, depending on your habits. Every time you sit on that chair, it takes upon it the stress of your weight. The wood fibers bend under you. Hopefully, they don’t break (Wouldn’t that be embarrassing?). And then you stand up and the chair seems to be the same as before but it’s not. The molecular makeup of the chair is different and it will never be like it was before, especially if you broke it.

Every moment, the world around us is changing.

Yet, I live my life upon the assumption that things don’t change. My hope for the future is largely built upon an ever-so-slightly improved version of today. Is that the best I can do?

Then there are those moments when the chair does break, when significant, unmistakeable change occurs. Our first response is surprise. It shouldn’t surprise us, but it does. Then, depending on the nature of the change, our next response is either hopeful anticipation or dreaded anxiety.

Now, I’m not proposing that any of this is bad or wrong or problematic. But what I find myself wondering is this:

What would it look like if we normalized change?

The changing of the seasons is a good example of normalized change. This past week, it was warm. Some may even say, it was hot. It will get hotter so I propose we leave some room in our vocabulary for that so let’s say it was warm. At our house, we’ve been playing around with setting the thermostat to get the temperature inside our house cool enough so that we’re not miserable but not so cool that we’re being wasteful of energy. The change in temperature is causing us to adjust our lives accordingly. But even so, we will simply adapt and move on.

Change is happening with Agape Baptist Church. It always has been and it always will be. The future will look different than the present and that’s something worth our thoughts, our attention, and our prayers. But I’m not sure it is worth our dread or our anxiety.

What would it look like for us to embrace the new realities of tomorrow, filled with hope and anticipation? Would that change how we live today? Or if that’s not our approach, what’s the alternative?

I am hopeful for what’s ahead. It will be different, no doubt. But I believe that tomorrow will be what we make it because our God is capable of anything and everything. May we live faithfully today, embracing all that tomorrow might be.

Peace to you,

MM

Lord, Don’t Let the Chair Break
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