We thrive in rhythms and this tends to make change very stressful as all our normal rhythms are disrupted. We need secure anchors to hold on to as we navigate the winds of change.
Change is a part of life, but sudden and unexpected change often leaves us spinning.
We’re thrown into a period of chaos until a new normal emerges, which sometimes involves prolonged periods of waiting.
It’s helpful to find some constant to hold on to even as many things change around us.
For example, kids are known to carry their teddy bear or blanket everywhere. It provides them security as they enter into new environments.
But this need is not just for young kids.
We can see it highlighted in science-fiction movies as well. Characters who move from one dimension or time period to another often take with them some sort of totem to ground them in reality – giving them a constant in the midst of change.
This is a good practice for us as well.
For instance, we might hold on to the truth of Immanuel– bringing our hearts back to the constant of God with us despite the chaos of change around us.
And when we need a physical expression, we might let nature speak to us, or even simply our morning coffee or hot shower.
Likewise, there might be a photo, ring, or favorite chair that provides a constant for us in the midst of change.
Whatever it looks like, it’s important to have a few anchors to hold on to as we navigate change.
Having a constant gives us greater security and freedom to embrace the coming change. And we might remain disoriented and easily angered without it.
Find your anchor and confidently embrace the many changes of life.