Last Tuesday was a bittersweet day for me and my girls. It was their last piano lesson with our piano teacher, who after 50 years of teaching, is retiring. I say “our” piano teacher because she was MINE also. She has a mother and sister who she must look after, as well as several grandchildren who live in different states. It is time for her to hang up her teaching hat and enjoy spending time with her family. A new chapter for her and a new chapter for us, too.
As she and Emma played their final duet piece together, “Sweet Dreams,” I was overcome with emotion. Tears burst uncontrollably out of my eyes as I tried desperately to swallow my emotion. The song they played was hauntingly beautiful and when they finished, Mrs. Orlando was also crying. That was it. We both cried on and off for the remaining hour as Emma finished her lessons and Lily played through hers. By the end of their lessons, as she was saying her final farewells, she was nearly sobbing, I was sobbing and Lily was crying too. Mrs. Orlando loves my girls. My girls love her. As do I.
You see, Mrs. Orlando is more than just a piano teacher. She taught me excellence, determination, grace, poise and confidence. There is a handful of people I can give credit to for the person I am today. She’s on the list. I am grateful that she had 5 years with my Lily and 4 with my Emma, but I am sad to see it come to an end. Now I must carry on in her stead, be the teacher to my girls that she was to me. It’s a huge task, but I’m up for it…I think…What an awesome opportunity to exercise my heart for teaching.
No one likes change, but it is inevitable. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 talks about how there is a season for everything. There’s a time to laugh and a time to cry…a time to be born and a time to die…a time to gain and a time to lose…There’s a time for everything!
“No one likes change except a baby with a dirty diaper!” -Justin Argabright
I am a person who thrives on routine. Same thing day in and day out. There is a certain amount of sanity that order brings to my helter-skelter mind. But I have been learning over the past few years, that I need to embrace the change that is happening around me. For instance, my children are growing! That’s a major change. They can’t stay babies and if I don’t learn to accept that change, I will continue treating them like so and their maturity and growth will be inhibited. Another example is my husband’s work schedule. He’s here for a week, gone for two. An OCDer’s nightmare schedule! But, I’ve learned to adapt and it is paying off for our family in many ways. My husband is happy at his job and I am able to stay at home with the kids.
My point is…in order to move to the next step in our lives, the lives that we have placed in God’s hands, the lives that we pray for God’s will to be done in, the lives that we ask God to bless, the lives that we have said, “I Surrender All” about…we must embrace the change that He is orchestrating. Each experience you’ve had, good or bad, is like the musicians or instruments in an orchestra. God brings those experiences in to the picture at just the right time, on just the right beat, for just the right length of time. He mixes the good with the bad, people from your past and present, hurts and happiness, to make beautiful, unique sounding melodies, harmonies and chords. It is perfect and absolutely beautiful! A song written by Him, orchestrated and directed by Him, specifically for YOU!
God is the Author, the Orchestrator, and Conductor of the life that is surrendered to Him.
So here’s the deal when unexpected change arises…
My piano teacher has retired. I am sad. My girls are sad. I want her to teach forever. But alas, that is impossible. So I thank God for the time we had under her patient instruction. I recognize what must happen next. God has given me the opportunity to practice what I’ve been created to do. I embrace it and look forward to what He has planned for my future. Now, I will trust Him to give me the strength, patience and wisdom to follow through.
If you’ve surrendered your life to your Creator, you can be sure that uncomfortable change is a comin.’ That’s His way of getting you to the place where you can fulfill your destiny. Learn to roll with the punches. Rest in the fact that God’s in control, He has your back. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
And remember, His plans for you are more awesome and greater than you could EVER imagine for yourself!