I found this story in my email and thought it was important to think about, with the inauguration coming up. And for changes in our personal lives too. ~Anastasia
January 14, 2009 at 09:45
The other night as I was getting ready for bed, I became overwhelmed with fear, not of anything specific, but of what ifs. I read it's common after losing a loved one to fear another upset, to worry over change in general.
"Here, Mom," my son handed me his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
In the middle of reading his bedtime story about a caterpillar becoming a butterfly I realized so many children's books are about change yet it's an issue many of us struggle with throughout our lives. Whether it's changing jobs, relationships, residences, even positive changes can cause stress.
More often than not though, there are gifts in each transformation. Even in my lowest lows after losing my sister, I felt the strength of love in a way I never had before, a way that's opened my heart.
Later that night, reading my prayer book my eyes fell on this passage:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths."
Yes, I thought. Trust. Let go of wanting things to be predictable and the same. Think of the beautiful butterfly.