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The Changes that May Come

By Tim Hoving

As I write this post for the Life at Trinity weekly newsletter I am sitting in the cafeteria of the George N. Leighton Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois awaiting my fate as a potential juror. If you have ever been a part of this process it is both maddening and extremely interesting.  It is extremely interesting because you get to be a part of our country’s justice system. It is maddening because, if you are summoned, your entire life gets put on hold. Adjustments to your schedule need to be made, your employer needs to be notified, your family needs to adapt, childcare needs to be arranged……. the list goes on and on. You need to change. Change is sometimes planned for and expected.  Change is also unexpected and unplanned for. We as humans react differently to change. Some of us can roll with it and adapt easily while the rest of the world reacts with fear and anxiety. My wife, Ruthie, and I are a perfect example of how two people can be polar opposites in how we react to change. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to figure out who reacts in what way for fear of how my wife’s feelings will “change” towards me if I spill the beans.

Our little family of five has been the recipient of change of all types in the last few months. The changes, both good and bad, include our first kid with braces (ask Owen to smile if you get a chance), a job change for me (same company, different role), a black eye for our middle child (you should see the other guy), and Lucy, well, she’s 4 and our youngest and changes all the time…..enough said. Lastly a huge decision regarding an opportunity for Ruthie and her job which would cause a tremendous amount of change come August 2019. Changes outside of our family with extended family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, our country, and the church are taking place as well. All these changes have forced us to adjust our mindset, our schedules, our communication, our spending habits, how we manage our time and who’s turn it is to deal with Lucy.

Through all this change, what gives us a peace and confidence is that our creator never changes.  Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." How truly amazing it is that we have a God that knows the changes we are going through and how we react to those changes and yet He remains unwavering, constant in His love for us. This allows us to accept change regardless of its affect on our lives. A lot easier said than done, right? My prayer for all of us is that we trust in our God, who loves us, through all the changes that may come our way. Praise be to God!       

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