Shaken and Rearranged

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“Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up, changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we are meant to be. It can be an unpleasant prospect, a life shake up. But we experience them all the time. Shake ups can come with the death of a loved one, an end of a relationship, moving from one place to another, losing a job, serious illness. All of these events, and more, hold the power to shake up and rearrange our lives. They can make us feel completely out of control.

The truth is that we don’t have control in the first place. And sometimes we feel as if our lives are guided by chance, fate, even karma. I prefer to believe that God is in control and that God uses every change to make us stronger and better. I like to think that change renews and rejuvenates, and ultimately, takes me to the place I am meant to be.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11

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