For me, it was a case of the right book at the right time when Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong showed up in my mailbox. I am walking through a season of boys coming and boys going; setting the table each night with only four plates . . . or hearing that we may possibly need nine plates; adjusting to my mother’s presence in our home — and then adjusting to her absence after her transition to the nursing home.
I’ve always thought that I was a flexible person, and if I had been asked (and I wasn’t), I would have said that change is a good thing — healthy, invigorating. I realize, of course, now that I was thinking of change rather narrowly:
- Change that is my idea;
- Change that produces a good outcome — as I would define it.
Kristen offers a more helpful definition:
Change is leaving “the comforts of what is to embrace the potential of what will be.”
She does not offer pat answers or an easy fix. Nor does she assert that adjustment to change is just something we need to “get over.” Instead Girl Meets Change is about her own journey of letting go of white-knuckle control of her circumstances and trusting in the all-knowing, sovereign God who orchestrates her life — sometimes with harmonies that were strange to her ears.
She has woven inspirational journeys from her friends’ lives along with deft renderings of the inspired accounts of people like Joseph, Esther, and Naomi who opened their hearts to God’s detours and changed the course of history.
If I’m going to have a change of heart about change, I need to make my home in the rock-solid truth of Scripture — that never changes.
If you are curious to see how friendly you REALLY are with change, take this fun quiz! It took it . . .and apparently I still have some work to do. How about you?
This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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