Monday, March 16, 2015

A Season of Change // Closing Babies Home Kampala


Change.

This one word can be so intensely scary and sad and overwhelming all at once. There aren't many people who jump for joy and yell, "Woot! Woot! Life is completely whirling upside down and moving in a totally different direction. I'm so excited!" 

It just doesn't happen often. Most people are threatened by change. It tends to make our insides curl up with butterflies (or nausea). We fear the unknown, the unexpected, and cling so tightly to the comfortable because we've become accustomed to knowing what to anticipate.


In the past year and a half, so much change has happened for me. Some of it has been exciting. Some of it very scary. And some of it even extremely sad. In this short time, my dance studio that I was at for 27 years, closed down (sad). My parents sold my childhood home and moved to Florida (double sad). I got married and we bought our first house (crazy exciting and scary). I've had the privelge of participating in new ministry opportunities (exciting). I've lost some beautiful people who were large parts of my life (again super sad). I've been able to spend time living in Uganda (exciting.) And just this week, the babies home location that I have invested so much of my time and energy into over the better part of 4 years, has officially closed (yep you guessed it, sad). But all of these things have redirected my life's path in incredible ways. 

Each situation has been a life lesson that has not only shown me who I am, who I was created to be, but they have brought me closer to God. These lessons have taught me trust, patience, peace, perseverance, love, joy, and a deep inner strength I never knew existed. Change has helped me to grow even when I didn't want to. And I have been able to navigate confidently through the changes because I know that God himself never changes. He is the same constant through my entire life and His love endures forever. 


I know that change can feel intimidating. It takes us straight out of our "normal" and drops us into the unknown. But we are promised change in His Word:

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven."

But He has made all of it beautiful. That is how we know that we can trust Him in the change. 


Now don't get me wrong, I'm going to miss my babies home Bulrushes very much and I would be lying if I said there weren't tears shed as we walked out on our last day. But it is on to bigger and better things. New journeys and adventures. I'm so excited to see what God has planned during this time of change for all of us in Uganda and where He will lead us to next.

Maybe there are some scary, sad, exciting changes that you are going through now. You don't have to go through them alone. He is with you. And so am I. What changes are you going through at this moment? Write them here. Let this post be a place of leaning for you in those hard times. We are all here to help each other get through it. Let us embrace the change headed our way and delight in the one who always stays the same.


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2 comments:

  1. Can you share why its closing? Did they run out of babies (that would be a happy reason)? Where will you be the rest of the time you're there?

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  2. The vision and God's direction for how they will be continuing has just been evolving, so it's just my location closing. So now I will be working at another babies home location within the village, not the city.

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