Sometimes, we just need a bit of a change, and this past week, John Paul and I have had just that as we’ve been living it up in Florida with my parents. And for the most part, change sure agrees with us. Just check this kid out, would you?
This is a kid who has been brought to new heights of wonder and joy, just because of a little change of pace, a little change of routine, and a little change of scenery.
All week I’ve had the honor of watching John Paul delight in the jokes and antics my Dad used on me years ago (and they’re still good-so worth recycling, Dad!) and the mere presence of his beloved “Nananana.” I’ve seen him gaze in wonder at the brightness of the setting sun, his eyes widening as it moved lower and lower and changed from yellow to orange to pink and red.
I’ve watched him yell with glee as he splashed around in the cool water,
and marvel at creatures he’s never seen before, but who seem to have a lot in common being small and walking crooked, just like him.
Of course, there have been some extra tears in the middle of the night, missed naps, and moments of crankiness. Change is never easy, not even for the most flexible of us. We are creatures of habit, and thrive when we know what to expect. But, I’m finding that in our routine, we also run the risk of missing the beauty right in front of us, of stifling creativity and necessary growth.
At home when I walk with John Paul, I find myself so distracted by my thoughts that unless I’m really looking, I miss the very sights and sounds that John Paul is taking in with awe. But here, in a place of such vastly different beauty, I am reminded to take it all in, to keep my eyes and my heart open.
At home, I’ve been going about the same routine, day after day, a routine that is comfortable and comforting, especially after the past year of intense change. Yet, while it’s been nice to finally live in “normal,” for a while, being here, being forced to break out of our normal routine and do things differently, has sparked renewed creativity and awakened a passion to find what I’m being called to offer the world.
And it feels right for this knowledge to come now, and as we move into Spring, the very season of newness.
As much as I wish it were, it’s not always an option to leave reality behind and escape to a tropical paradise. But this week of change has reminded me how easily I can make small changes in my daily life, small changes that just might bring about big changes in my heart. For, who knows where going right on my daily walk instead of left might take me, what creativity might come from changing my usual morning music from 40’s jazz to classical, or who I might meet by taking John Paul to the toddler park on the other side of town instead of the one we usually frequent right up the street?
God is continuously making all things new, and how beautifully that truth is shown to us now, in the season we are entering. How wonderfully it reminds us that the opportunity for growth is everywhere; we must only be brave enough to open our eyes and our hearts to see it.