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From her column Around the Corner

around-the-corner-03-14-1It happens every year! The month of March comes in like a lion or a lamb, while we impatiently wait and hope for a lamb-like month and an early spring. This year, large numbers of us have endured winters which were brutally cold, with too much snow and ice, as well as an overabundance of very strong winds. We say, “Enough already! We’re ready for a change of seasons.” Nonetheless, March “marches on!”

To add to our misery, no more football for several months; even the Super Bowl is now history, and baseball doesn’t begin for another month. On a more positive note, however, basketball remains to be enjoyed for a time yet. We look forward to the “Journey to the Tourney,” and “March Madness.” In the unlikely event you are not a sports enthusiast, you might consider learning to knit and/or crochet, to avoid cabin fever when forced to stay cooped up inside a dwelling. A warm home is truly a blessing, and we pray for God to keep us safe until these winter storms pass by.

Now, for a bit of historical trivia: the month of March is most often associated with the “Ides,” which is universally remembered as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated. Generally it is believed to be around March 15, and is the event which changed the “Roman Republic,” to the “Roman Empire.” Most Romans would have preferred no assassination, and would have opted for no change. They didn’t realize, nor did they care, that change was inevitable. In all probability, they were not concerned with their “legacy,” or the way history would deal with them. Don’t think they were worried about the “Ides” becoming tradition, since most traditions start inadvertently, and are unplanned. The “Ides” gradually slipped in when no one was looking.

Actually, at this point in my life, I could do without most changes—at least, the extreme ones. I need neither rain, nor wind, nor ice, nor sleet, nor snow, to make me happy in the winter. I could proceed happily from autumn to spring, and remain there until autumn comes again. I don’t have a reasonable explanation of why this would be good. I can only offer this hope: Change will come! (Just an upgrade of “hope” and “change”).

I’ve often wondered if Abraham and Sarah really welcomed the change an unexpected child brought into their lives after they were Golden-agers. I find it difficult to understand why God felt so sorry for them that He blessed them with a child at their ages. Interesting sidelight: they named the baby, “Isaac,” which means, “laughter.” Personally, being “great with child” at age 91 would not bring laughter to my life. It doesn’t even rate a place on my list of fondest dreams. To describe it as a nightmare would be an understatement of gargantuan proportions.

I am stunned to read they actually laughed after seriously discussing this, and as fantasy became reality. Maybe they laughed because they learned they could keep their healthcare plan. Imagine the amazement of the sales person at the department store when Sarah came shopping for Huggies and Depends at the same time. At this point, likely the one who laughed was the sales person. Permit me to repeat: I, for one, can live without most changes even if it means I am considered an extremist!

Changes come to all our lives, and, as one noted, “If we want things to stay the same, there will have to be some changes made.” Many changes take place gradually and we are unaware when they arrive. In Ecclesiastes we read, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven...” (3:1).

In the providence of God, spring will come with changes and hopes for our present and future lives. Further, we are reminded that as changes come and go, God is always watching. “The Lord will watch over your coming and your going both now and forevermore” (Ps. 121:8).

Justine Knight was raised in a parsonage and married to a Nazarene minister for more than 50 years.

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