I honestly didn’t get sad about leaving my old blog behind until I went to put up the “Come visit me in my new space!” post.
Leave it to me to get emotional about a website. (Don’t worry, I’ll be keeping it up as storage for my old words, and I will probably still visit often when I need to read back for my own sake.)
That blog got me through seasons that formed me.
It helped me process through several different forms of culture shock, it was a soft place for my rants and questions and ponderings to land, it helped me experiment and grow as a writer and creative. I grew up on that blog... but now I’m getting more sentimental than is probably appropriate for this post.
Maybe it’s just because a lot of things are transitioning, changing—new—for me recently, and a new website on top of all of it felt peculiarly fitting.
I have a new boss at work. Our youth pastor moved away, so we’re in transition at church. I’m going back to school for the final year of my undergraduate degree this week. My cousin moved away and for the first time since we became neighbours back in elementary school, he lives a plane ride away.
It seems as though things are ever-moving around me—even as I move and change myself.
That’s the beauty of living in this dynamic world, I guess.
It’s the beauty of following a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever—yet manages to meet us uniquely in each new circumstance we find ourselves in.
That’s a God worth following, honestly—and that’s the God of the Bible, too. A God who is constant and steadfast, consistent and steady. But He is also a God that is active, always moving towards us, pursuing us.
Don’t confuse a steadfast God for a God who rejects our human growth and movement.
We’re ever-moving—physically and in life circumstance, yes, but also in the ways we relate to Him. And because of his steadfast love for us, He moves, too, meeting us in new and unique ways.
This tension—of remaining steadfast while also adapting to new spaces and places—is also asked of us. In John 15, we’re asked to remain in Christ—but that doesn’t always look the same. We know that because of Paul, who tells us to find common ground with everyone in order to spread the Good News (1 Corinthians 9:22-23).
I’m convinced that life with Jesus is life lived in tension—in balance.
Aren’t times of change, transition and newness the best time to practice that?