Yes, change can be hard. But what if each of us adopted the attitude that change is in our best interest? Because change is coming whether we like it or not. We have the choice to embrace it or fight it. 

Think back over your life, looking at all the change you have already navigated. Most of it, if not all of it, you can now see was for the better. Change is what has brought you to where you are now. Why is some change fraught with fear and some change exciting? Why is it that when we are young, we long for change – Oh please let me grow up and be different! And when we get older, we are less comfortable with change and handle it with less grace. But even so, we can find joy in some change – a new haircut, a new baby, new blooms in the garden. It’s all in our perspective isn’t it? There is much that is changing in our bodies, in our church, in the world. How much easier would it be if we welcome change instead of resist it?

A favorite quote from Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, came to mind this week: “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your life.”

Isn’t this what Jesus embodies for us? The night before he died, praying in the garden of Gethsemane, he wishes for a moment that he didn’t have to go through it, that the cup could pass from his lips. But then he says to God, “Not my will be done, but yours.” And then we get the resurrection. Talk about transformation! Out of Jesus’ degradation and excruciating death on the cross comes new life for him and new life for all of us.

In this season of resurrection, why not embrace the change you are encountering? Make it your friend, not your enemy. And see the signs of new life that are everywhere around you.