How to embrace radical change?

Let’s face it we are in a place of major change. Who knew we could give up so much in Lent? Or any time of year for that matter. Being an introvert this season appeals to me, (not the implications for the world,) the silence and solitude, ploughing through work on my own and digging deep with God. What else could I do?

I have been reading Imagine It: Forwards by Beth Comstock (2018), not because I have to for college but because a) she is an introvert and b) chose change over fear. When she started as VP of corporate communications at General Electric she faced many obstacles. Not least being female in a male-dominated arena. She chose not to confront but as she settled into her role she observed and listened keenly to the content of what men were saying rather than their stance. She ignored the sexist overtones and focused on the ideas. She was able to distance herself and not take things said personally.

In these days of COVID-19, it is without a doubt a frightening situation. We have been given either a lockdown scenario or on the frontline. There is no in-between. When trouble comes, we want to hunker down and take comfort from all those familiar and cosy things. The things that help us get through a normal day which for one could be a line of coke and for another a tube of pringles. However, in times of adversity, there are other options. There are opportunities to try something new. Inspirational messages are going viral on YouTube. It is time for brave innovation. Comstock says “imagine yourself moving through the darkness, towards the light.”

Each uncertainty we face in life helps us rest on those we are certain in; God. There is a possibility in the future because of our relationship with God. But we need to make sense of the uncertainty and build the new story. It can be comforting in this time to binge-watch Netflix or suddenly start gardening but what is of more benefit? Guilt and shame can wash over us when we cannot attend a funeral. Recently I have noticed all the carers who spent a lot of time zipping and zapping up and down to family members are now managing with Skype or Facetime.

As a carer, a lot of our status comes from the being frantic. Rushing from and to the different appointments, the pharmacy, the doctor, cleaning, shopping, visiting and bringing order from chaos. But actually, what is important is the relationships we hold within the caring realm.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Jesus died for us in an amazing act of self-sacrificing love. How can we show that love in this season? How can we be a changemaker? Brave meaningful change happens when we lean into the unknown.

What new thing can I begin today? Beth Comstock says “Don’t be afraid to dabble.” Maybe today I will begin the next painting.