Change Brings Light

As I was driving between Denver and Colorado Springs last night, the song “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett came on the radio and I began to sing along to the chorus:

Ain't it funny how life changes
You wake up, ain't nothing the same and life changes
You can't stop it, just hop on the train and
You never know what's gonna happen
You make your plans and you hear God laughing
Life changes, and I wouldn't change it for the world, the world, oh no
And I wouldn't change it for the world, the world, oh no

I smiled as so many lines in this chorus ring true in my life right now. I was recently asked in a phone interview, “what would I do differently?” The interviewer was referring to a position I had held twenty or so years ago. I paused for a moment and replied, “nothing.” I continued, “everything that has happened and everything that I’ve done have brought me to where I am today, so I wouldn’t change anything.”

I’m not sure if that was the answer the interviewer was looking for but that was the answer that I gave. Please don’t get me wrong, sometimes I think about how something may have been different if only this or that had happened or if I had made a different decision. However, I truly believe that everything that happens has a lesson in it. Yes, there are a few lessons I learned the hard way and I could have done without some brokenness, but it is thru that brokenness that I get to be me today. I get to let my light shine out and the light of others shines in. It is this flow of light that connects us and helps us build relationships and community with one another.

I really like the third to the last line, “You make your plans and you hear God laughing.” I don’t believe that God is laughing “at” us, but rather “with” us. God truly has a sense of humor even if we don’t see it in the moment.

Jeremiah 29:11 says 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)

As I’ve talked with various people, I have discovered that many of us are in a similar position. We are looking for what we are in the business of or what it is we are supposed to be doing in life. It gives me a little bit of comfort to know that as I journey on to discover what it is I am called to do, that I am not alone. I am surrounded by beautiful and wonderful people who have perhaps already been in this position or are in the same position now. I am surrounded by God and his love and mercy and there is some comfort in knowing that God has a plan for not just me, but each one of us.

May you all journey with God, laughing as you go, letting your light shine out into the world as God intended.

Dear God, Thank you for laughter, for tears and for the gift of friendship. May we continue to have faith and trust in you knowing that you have a plan for us even when we can’t see it. May our eyes, ears, hearts and minds be opened to seeing the beauty you have given us as we journey together with you and our family of angels, both here on this earth and in heaven. In your name we pray, Amen.

April Schauer

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