Have you ever watched a baby being weaned from their mother’s milk and take their first mouthful of solid food? The food swiftly tumbles from their mouth as their little tongue bulldozers it out. Their little eyes look at you in shock and horror followed by the biggest pouting face.
All our lives we tend to respond the same way! We hear some unpalatable news and we want to reject it instantly. I find at times that things I love and feel comfortable with, change, “Awww, why does that have to change?! I like it the old way.”
Not all things that change are necessarily good… and changing things for the sake of it is not good either. But sometimes change is good, possibly inevitable or necessary…even if at first we don’t like it.
We could fight it, reject it, try to turn away… but for how long? Well, that depends on how we view the change. I still won’t eat asparagus out of a can! But if I just rejected everything, I would still be breast feeding…or dead!
As a child I quickly learnt to at least “give it a go” and not “reject it out of hand” before I checked it out fully. And if it seemed not that good initially, I might try to persevere a little to see if the change would grow on me and if I would come to appreciate it over time. Vegetables come to mind 😉
Before I was a Christian, I rejected those who were trying to feed me a line about Jesus. I thought the change expected of me was too great. But I am glad that I had the attitude of at least “checking it out“.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
I came to know that this was a change for my own good. And interestingly I discovered something that would never change. Something I knew I could hold on to and not be fearful that it would ever change:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Change can be good…maybe the first change comes in our attitude towards change itself.
How do you handle change?