What Have I Become?

Sycamore Grove in Spring
Sycamore Grove in Spring

The valley I live in has a Mediterranean climate where the winters are cold (13º F was the coldest I remember) and the summers can be very hot (114º F was the other extreme). During the summer it does not rain between the middle of May until late October. There are those rare occasions when a tropical storm on the Pacific Coast of Central America will send a summer rain storm up our way. The green field in the picture above has long ago turned brown as the grasses produced their seed and dried out for the year. But each year when the rains return, all those seeds who have been waiting through the dry season start to germinate and take root to turn the fields and hills green once again. In Sycamore Grove Park everything is constantly changing. Many of the trees grow larger but some fall and die when the winter winds come through the valley. Deer fall prey to the occasional Mountain Lion who may pass through. For the Red Tailed hawks it is a buffet of ground squirrels. The wildflowers may look the same the next season but they are a new generation.

Anyone who has raised children not doubt were amazed as to how quickly they grew up and the changes that occurred from birth to adulthood (I’m at the college phase with my two). As I was transitioning from being a college student into my chosen career, a life changing event occurred in my life on April 15, 1984 (which happened to be Palm Sunday). It was the day that I decided that what was recorded in the Bible was true and the only way I could do any good in my life was to give it over to God and live it through His son Jesus, the promised Messiah (Christ).

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

For those of you who have  been following my blog, you no doubt have been able to piece together that the last five years have been challenging. Through these challenges this verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17 has taken on a new meaning for me. God has been changing me in ways I could never imagine.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
-Maya Angelou

I have yet to meet anyone who looks forward to change but change is the one thing that is a constant in our lives. Nothing remains the same. As long as we are alive we will be changed by the events that happen in our lives on a daily basis. For some of us, a major life changing event will come along that will test the very foundation of our belief system. It is in these times that we need to step back from the problems that have become our focus and look at the big picture of life and ask the question, is this problem really that big that it can’t be overcome? I have discovered that as long as I’m alive, I will be constantly learning and changing.

3 thoughts on “What Have I Become?

  1. ” I have discovered that as long as I’m alive, I will be constantly learning and changing.”-great insight. Somehow that’s how I want to live this life too.:) Happy Saturday,Patrick.:)

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  2. So many good points in this post Patrick! I have faced a lot of life changing moments in the past few years and along with teaching me that I can adapt and survive these events have also made it very clear that change is what is normal and I had better be ready to handle what comes next. Stepping back and looking at the big picture is definitely key. The more we talk about them the more we realize how universal our troubles are and that support is all around. Lisa

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  3. How true Patrick! Can’t imagine 114 degree weather! That is heat I wouldn’t know how to deal with. Aso, congratulations for your 2 in College!!! How exciting.. ours are 2 and 4 (smile). One of them is standing right here telling me to turn my computer off for just a sec. so she can talk to me as I’m reading this (lol). It’s a true blessing that you (with God’s help) have gotten yours that far.

    Salvation was the best gift God could have given me in my youth! It changed EVERYTHING. I can’t imagine what my life would be today if He hadn’t found me. Actually, I doubt I would have any life to even talk about. Good for you for waling w/Him all these years.

    Troubles & trials are truly the staple of our faith. We are called to live by faith. I have to cut this book short (lol) because of my little ones, but wanted to say thanks for sharing! A good post…

    God’s best,
    Marlene

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