The changingness of life has been more apparent, more obvious to me these past months. I don’t know about you, but I tend to not really notice how much change is a constant in our universe until it affects me or those who are close to me. Or maybe, I notice but am better at ignoring it – until I can’t. And once I have to notice, it seems as if change is all around.
Thomas Aquinas (1250 ce) said,
If we don’t understand creation correctly,
we can’t hope to understand God correctly. ~ Thomas Aquinas
If we believe God, in some way, created all that exists, then whatever we understand of creation helps us understand aspects of God’s character. And what we understand of God’s character has the potential to shape, inform and even transform our faith.
In all the recent (past 100 years) discoveries about our universe, one thing stands out as significant for my faith. Scientists have identified that within the chaos that exists in the actions and interactions of the smallest particles of existence – within this apparent chaos is a pattern of stability. That is, even when they aren’t able to predict the changes that will happen, they always find that the change moves toward wholeness, toward unification. Always. From a faith perspective, all of life in our universe is moving toward wholeness, toward unification in God.
So, during times of transition (from what was to what is not yet), how might your faith hold you and ground you – not to the chaos of change, but rather to the stability of the One that holds it all? How might you contrast the anxiety felt in moments of seeming chaos with feelings of stability in God? How might you affirm even in the midst of change that all of life moves toward unification?
Change, any change, may create grief – mourning what is no longer even as we look forward to what is emerging. Yet, it does not necessarily need to create high levels of anxiety and angst.
I firmly believe that our own actions and attitude will define and make meaning of any change that affects us. Change is what we make it, what attitude we bring to it. So, are we be able to see (or be open to) the adventure in it or is it purely anxiety producing? Will we seek to see the opportunity which lies within it, or does it simply create obstacles for us to overcome? Can we see the possibility in what is and what is to come?
How will you live this change we find ourselves in? And how will the God of chaos and stability meet you there?