Life is continuously changing. Human persons have a natural disposition to fight life’s changes. It always seems that just as we become settled and comfortable, life draws us out of our complacency and uproots us from all that we know, love and are familiar with. We scream and yell at life for doing this. We stubbornly resist with every fiber of our being even though we know that despite our best efforts life will change.
How do we successfully face and handle change? With graduation fast approaching, there is a lot of impending change and that question has been burning in my life. Careers will be begun, graduate and professional school with be started, moves back home or to new states will be made and we will transition from a living in close community with our friends to the reality of long distance friendships. Our lives are about to become radically different. If we are not firmly anchored, each storm of change will sweep us away. We must find something to cling to that transcends beyond this world of continuous change. What is it that we are to anchor ourselves in?
This past weekend, I was on retreat with my household. During the retreat, I was talking to one of my sisters about my fears and struggles with all of the impending changes quickly approaching in my life due to graduation. For me, that includes moving my life from Pennsylvania down to Florida in the beginning of August to attend law school for the next 3 years. “Sarah,” she said, “you must be rooted in Christ. You must have Christ entirely at the center. He is the only one going to law school with you. He is the one who will be with you when you leave. He is the one you will turn to. He is the only one who will always be there.”
When we are anchored to Christ, we can see that despite the changing people and experiences in our lives, He remains constant. Instead of becoming shattered when change occurs, we are at peace with the knowledge that God has used the people and experiences in our lives as instruments so that we may better live out our mission and purpose in this world.
How do we successfully face and handle change? By clinging to Christ. Anchored in Him, we will not be shaken.
It is such a huge blessing to attend Franciscan University where the study abroad program has become commonplace among the student body. I would say roughly 85% of the people I know have gone to or are planning to go to Austria. Sometimes I forget how awesome and rare of an opportunity that is. Most other schools do not have a program like ours.