How many times have you stopped, at the end of an unusually busy season and said, “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” only to find you can’t. I know I have … after vacation, after an illness, after company. However nice a vacation is, or however great a time we have with the grandchildren, we all long to return to normal … to the routine. Now that school has resumed, many of us maybe trying to remember what it was like before the summer break so that we can ‘get back to normal.’
But then, what is normal?
For those of us who work, it’s get up, go to a job, do it, go home, enjoy a few hours off and do it all over again. For those in school, it’s similar. But is it really normal? In between those big things in life are a myriad of little interruptions which make life interesting (or complicated) in some cases. The dentist appointment, a flat tire, Sally spills her milk on her dress and needs a whole new outfit. We smile at such imagery, but in reality, these are the things which make life interesting.
And then, sometimes we don’t want normal to return. Sometimes normal is a bad thing. An abusive situation should not be normal. Being chronically depressed or being sick for a long period of time is not normal. Seeing our country go down the drain is not normal.
Sometimes change is good … Sometimes change is necessary.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it this way, “Into each life some rain must fall.” Ben Franklin may not have been an entrepreneur by trade, but his words echo today more than ever before. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Scripture tells us, God never changes, but I must quickly add, “Whatever He touches … does.”
So rather than waiting for normal, we should anticipate change and enjoy it with all its variegated colors rather than accepting the gray tones of the mundane, and accept change as the new normal, and embrace it. You may find life to be an exciting journey until the final change.