What’s the old saying? The only thing that is constant is change. Something like that.
I’ve been thinking recently about transitions in life. Although we may say we wish our kids would stay little, or that we could stay in high school or college forever, or that we could stay 25 years old and not grow older, we know that life doesn’t work that way.
And it’s usually for the better. When we don’t go through the transitions in life and go on to the next stage, we’ll miss something wonderful that God has planned for us.
My niece just graduated high school, the last of her siblings to do so. My niece was such a cute baby and I wanted to coddle her forever. Her big sister and I were very close and I have memories of her toddling to me and lifting her arms so I could pick her up.
Precious memories. What would’ve happened if we stopped time right there? Obviously, things like my one niece’s high school graduation and the excitement and hopes we have for her as she moves on to college would be gone. We wouldn’t see her blossoming into the young woman filled with sky-high, wonderful dreams.
With my other niece, if time had stopped when she still held her arms up for me to carry her, we would’ve missed her wedding, and her beautiful son. Would I trade meeting my great-nephew to keep his mother as a toddler? Look what we would’ve missed! No way!
Most times, we’re nervous graduating college. The bubble of academia and college life was something we quickly got used to. What would the real world be like?
Yet, if we don’t transition, then we miss out on marriage, family, and watching our own kids grow.
Transitions are scary, there’s no doubt. But I wouldn’t want to miss the journey going from my own wedding day, to the day I went wedding dress shopping with my own daughter to watching her being escorted down the aisle by her father. If I could’ve stayed young, I would’ve missed too many sweet moments.
I look forward to growing old(er) with my husband. We made the transition from a house full of teenagers to empty nest. And yes, the empty nest time has been very sweet. But when the next transition comes along, possibly of grandchildren, you can bet I’ll be standing in that doorway ready to leap.
Life is scary. Growing up and growing older can be frightening. But I don’t want to stagnate — and I don’t want to miss the next exciting part of my life that God has planned.
What about you? Were some transitions in your life more difficult than others?