I will never forget the day I got my first pair of glasses.I had selected especially beautiful ones with midnight blue frames and silver swirls on the stems. I thought they would complement my grown up-second-grade-feathered-style haircut perfectly. And they did. As I looked approvingly in the oval mirror at the optometrist’s office, I nodded my endorsement as my mom handed over the credit card to seal the deal. But what I didn’t realize at the time I picked out those glasses is that they would change not only the way I looked, but the way I SAW. When I left the doctor’s office and hopped into our station wagon to head home, I suddenly realized that from the car, I could see individual leaves on every tree passing by. The letters on the signs were crisp and clear instead of smeared and blurry. When I got out of the car, I noticed I could see every blade of grass rather than just what looked like a blanket of green felt. The next day at school was equally exhilarating. I no longer had to pull back on my eyes to see the chalkboard or get closer to kids at recess to see who was playing kickball. It was a whole new world I had not even known I had been missing out on!
Thank goodness for Mrs. Weglarz, my second grade teacher, and for eye tests, or I would never have known that there was so much more for me to see. I would have gone on believing that they way I was seeing the world was normal and perfectly acceptable.
Sometimes I think we can go through life that way. Especially those of us who really like routine like I do. We can go on with our days, weeks, months, and years in a comfortable pattern that we learn to rely on. We can think that there is no reason to change and no reason to try anything new unless we are forced to. We can even dig in our heels when God nudges our hearts to try something out of our comfort zone for Him. But what if there is something amazing that God has planned for us and we are actually missing out because the word “change” makes our muscles tense up?
In this season of Advent, we are accustomed to focusing on expectation; expectation of the celebration of Christ’s birth, and the expectation that he will be coming again. As we approach the new session of Body and Soul, we will be exploring the theme of “What’s next?” I would like to suggest that we approach this season with a new attitude–ready for what’s next, whatever it might be. I want to be willing to seek and even expect changes from our God. What He has for me is in my best interest, anyway, and, more importantly, what He has is in the best interest of the kingdom of God.
Matthew 7:9-11 says, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” We have a good, good Father who loves us more than our parents love us. And he sacrificed his life for our future. All we have to do is receive the gift. That’s it! So when we hear the word “change” let’s remember who our Father is and follow his guidance for us, knowing he may have something in mind for us that is even better than we can even ask for or imagine.
Chriss Prium is a Body & Soul Fitness Instructor and Boot Camp Program Trainer. She currently teaches both boot camp and power strength classes in Byron Center, Michigan at First Reformed Church of Byron Center. She is a wife to Mark and mom to Owen, Grace and Lily.