Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes… by Beth Webb Hart

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just heritage-hill-64-oz_-glass-jar-with-lidleave them alone.”
  ― J.D. Salinger

Beyond my certainty in the Lord, I am also certain of this truth:  change is inevitable.  As much as I’d like to put those big glass cases on each of my children, my husband, my parents and certain seasons along my faith life, friend life, writing life and career life, I know I can’t.

Time marches on and the Lord uses change – much like He uses adversity – to grow us.

It’s been said that change is realized one moment at a time, in a gesture, a turn of the head, a blink of an eye.  Here are some momentary glimpses I’ve experienced this year which have revealed to me life’s changes:

  1. Noticing while a few paces behind my dear and lovely twelve-year-old daughter and her friends on a crowded city street, that teenage and college boys are turning their heads as they go by.  They are completely unaware of their new flowering beauty, as they are chattering about what flavor ice cream they will select at Ben and Jerry’s.  However, Mama is not unaware, and she resists the urge to wag her fingers at the college boys.  Times are a changin.,.
  2. A tremor in my father’s hand as he lifts a spoon to his mouth.
  3. My husband’s serious look as he stares at the computer screen.  He has just been elected Chair of the Dept. of Music – a big and exciting promotion – but now he realizes with each passing day how much is on his shoulders.
  4. A grey hair in the mirror one Sunday morning.
  5. An old church friend I haven’t seen in a year because we changed churches, feeling called to a new ministry and a new part of town.  A sad look on both of our faces because we didn’t realize how much time would go by before we saw one another.
  6. The smile of a new friend at the new church.  A blessing.
  7. Dusting off my resume because while I love writing and will continue to write books, I miss teaching.
  8. My five-year-old running off toward his new friends on the playground without a look back to me.
  9. My sister’s loving voice on the phone.  A constant.
  10. Saying good-bye to a publisher who is retiring.
  11. My mother, after a long illness, finally better – smiling, laughing, playing with the kids.  A change I embrace.  A joy.

How has your life changed this year?


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  1. Lisa Wingate says

    “Noticing while a few paces behind my dear and lovely twelve-year-old daughter and her friends on a crowded city street, that teenage and college boys are turning their heads as they go by. They are completely unaware of their new flowering beauty”

    Awww…. Beth, may they be blissfully unaware for a long time yet. Girlhood should persist as long as possible ;o)

  2. Katie says

    Changes are difficult, but as you said inevitable and part of growth. We enter this week as empty-nesters as our youngest moved out last week. But God is good and I know our son is one of His own and He will be with him……and us always. <3

  3. Rachel Hauck says

    Beth Webb, what a lovely, tender post! So very true, all the fading seasons of life, but only with a new season on the horizon.

    I try to hold all seasons in life with an open hand, but it’s always sad when a family member passes or a child gets married and we remember, the years are passing.


  4. says

    Thanks, Ladies! So good to hear from each of you. Katie and Lisa – praying for surprise blessings as you find yourself empty nesters. The years are passing, Rachel, and bless you and Shellie too!


  5. Julie Cantrell says

    Beth, I’m so happy to read health has improved for your loved ones, and laughing as I read about the boys staring at your daughter (boy am I there!), and jealous when you say you see ONE gray hair??? Seriously? Just one?!? Not fair! Hugs, j

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