Today is the last day at a grocery store down the street from me. I have a lot of options as far as stores go, but this one was the closest, and after 23 years, the parent company bankrupt, it was done. I went there yesterday to see if there were any bargains, and it was like picking over a carcass. Sad. But I did my part by spending $30. Who could resist 70% off? How will this store's closing change the lives of the many people who worked there?
I've been out walking since the weather warmed up, and as I began to pay attention to the houses in my neighborhood, I realized that quite a few were vacant. Once the summer rolled around, for sale signs popped up, and yesterday, I counted more than ten. What happened to the people who lived there? Will anyone have the money to buy these houses? Will they sit untended for the next year? How will this change the face of our community?
On a more positive note, a friend of mine was recently hired for a wonderful position, with a good salary, and benefits to boot. He had to apply for more than fifty positions, and landed only one interview. He got it :) Things are looking up for him and his family. He'll have a much longer commute, but he's grateful for the job. What changes will he have to make in order to be successful in this new job?
If I took the time, my list of changes would be quite extensive. I'm sure if you sat down to make such a list, you too would have a long one. There is so much change around us today, it's hard to keep up.
But keep up we must. Change is inevitable my friends. It's important to do what we can to prepare for it, because it is coming whether we like it or not. We can get ourselves stressed about it, or we can do our best to plan to meet it head on, trusting that God has a plan for all of us.
What change has occurred in your life recently? How did you handle it? What would you have done differently?