Life is full of change, whether we like it our not. When we are young, we are very excited to become adults. When we become adults, we wish to be young again and relive some of those years. At times, we are excited about and eagerly embrace change but most of the time we resist it. We wish silently in our hearts and we show it in our actions that change is not welcomed.
But the fact is change will come. There are some changes that you will definitively make on your own and you willing go through the process. On the other hand, some changes are forced on you and are hard to accept. You may have lost your job and you’re faced with lots of unpaid bills. Maybe you have lost a substantial amount of savings because of a failed investment. Perhaps you’re faced with the sudden illness of a loved one. We’ve either been through change or about to experience it again.
Over the past few months, I have relocated. I said good-bye to familiar people, places, and activities. I changed my job, my house, my church, made new friends and renewed old friendships. Even now, writing this blog is a change for me.
I remember when I was thinking of the changes that would be approaching, it seemed like it was easier to stay as I was. However, the more I thought about it and prayed about it, the more trusted God to be with me and guide me through the changes. Today as I look back I realize that I was able to make those changes with confidence. I am amazed at how well I went through the relocation without frustration and how smooth the process was. Thank God for His strength through it all!
One thing that has certainly given me ability to embrace change is the word of the Lord: “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrew 13:5, NKJV) That Word says a whole lot. Since God is with me:
- I am never alone. I need not be afraid.
- I can embrace the changes that are ahead of me. I can rely on Him to guide me through the changes.
- I can positively progress and see success during and after the change.
- I can be certain of one thing, though change will come, He remain constantly faithful and will keep His promises.
We need to run to God’s word when changes are happening that we don’t like. Through it we will find comfort, strength and strategy to get through the process. When change comes that does not seem beneficial to us, we must remind ourselves that the change will work in our favor because we are His and we love Him (Romans 8:28).
You may have had to deal with some unpleasant changes that you did not expect or anticipate. Unpleasant and untimely changes may have occurred that you wish never had. Take comfort in Christ that He is with you and will never fail you nor give up on you. He will help you through the change.
How have you dealt with change before? Encourage someone and yourself in the Lord.