There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered (Nelson Mandela, late president of South Africa).
Have you had an experience like Mandela’s? Perhaps he was alluding to his return to civilian life after a long political imprisonment. Probably nothing else had changed as much as he himself had. Life is all about change, of course, but the most important changes are those that happen in us. We must continue to adapt, to mature, to become more productive and encouraging.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3).