Have you been feeling like it's time for a change? You know, when you start to get tired of the same old routine, the same old life circumstances, the same drama, the same pain, the same relationships or even the same living situation. Maybe it's the same crowd and when you get together you already know it's going to be the same old thing that it's always been for the past 10 years. Whatever the situation, you know something has got to change. It's just that it's so much easier to keep things the same.
Change is inevitable, however I'm not sure we always get that. The seasons change and there's nothing we can do to stop that. See, I'd like for it to be fall all year round and I can accept the fact that it won't stay that way or I can continue to dress the same way I did in the fall in the winter, spring and summer. I could totally do that if I'm not willing to change along with the seasons. Sometimes I think we do that in life. We feel that things need to change, we want things to change, and the truth of the matter is, things have changed; but instead of changing with the times and the seasons we miss it and continue doing what we were doing in the season that we were most comfortable in.
I've been desiring a change recently, myself. One area in particular is regarding my health. My body has changed and with that, what my body needs has changed as well. I've noticed that I can't eat the same things that I ate in the past. Aside from being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and the changes that come with that, I knew I needed to do more. My workouts had to change. My body had been under a lot of stress from daily strenous workouts, caffeine and short recovery periods. Which meant that I was working against myself and not getting the results I wanted, and instead getting the opposite effect. Yep, something had to change. I went on a 21 days fast to regulate things and get clarity on where I go from here. It's the best thing I could have done. The fast wasn't comfortable at all, but it was what I knew I needed to do for me and my well being.
Change is not always comfortable. It's not always desirable. But it's necessary if we want to grow and get the results we want to see in our lives. I'm learning that there's a flow to life and if you go with that flow, you'll see great change and growth. But when you resist the flow and go against the current, life and everything in it feels a lot harder to deal with; and instead of growth, you'll find stagnation.
Ecclesiates 3:1-8 talks about how there's a time and a season for everything under the sun:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Embrace the time or season you're in. If something needs to change, figure out what. Start from within, seek God and get understanding and wisdom. James 1:5 says: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. That's a blessing from God that should not be taken for granted. If change is calling you right now, trust me, God knows and is most likely the author of it.
Here's the link to some fasting meals I think you'll like: