Change is a touchy subject. I find anyways. For when we are changing something, ourselves or being asked to change a routine in our life; things get a little tense and uptight. I think it’s because we get comfortable with the patterns in our life, the habits we do and the routin we live everyday. And when change comes bubbling up to happen, usually all those things will be affected in some way or another and when that happens, doubts, questioning and “no’s” usually arise.
So how do we embrace change rather than fight it? How do you enjoy the excitment of our lives taking a turn for the better! (Yes better, because we never change for the worse, right?) How do we take a step foreward into change rather than trying to run for the trees behind instead of facing the mountains ahead of us?
As I took a step into a new season, everything changed. Who I am surrounded by, what I am surrounded by and how my everyday life looks. I no longer wake up in my own bed, get to drive to a friends house or even get to walk in the forest by myself (out west, I’d rather not go alone!) So how did I embrace change?
1)I took a step into it. I knew that changing things up was for the best. Why? Because you learn something new about yourself. You experience life in a new way. And the more you step into change, the less scarier it gets. For you are able to see the beauty that can come out of never being satisfied with where you are, whether physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
2)I am resting in God. I truly think this is how change is no big deal. For I trust in God. I am covered by His grace and His peace and because of that I can rejoice, for I know He who is within me is great and He has prepared the way for me here. He has promised to never leave or forsake us, wherever we are (especially if He leads us there) an will use us for His glory if we learn to look towards Him rather than towards our inseccurities, fears and challenges.
3)I find usually when something changes, we just let everything go…kind of like we just throw everything away thinking that to embrace change we need to change everything. In that process and thinking, we usually let go of our time with the Lord and with that, we lose our grounding. For God is who sustains us and when we are rooted and grounded in Christ, we are unshakable. However when we throw our time with Him out the window trying to embrace a change, we lose sight of why that change is even happening. For we wouldn’t be changing by ourself, and if the Lord is leading us to change, it may be important to stick with Him for the change to be compelted according to His good works! That being said, when a change is happening in your life, remain fixed on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith. No matter whats happening, if you are leaving to go somewhere new, changing jobs, etc…keep spending quiet time with Him and grow in Him through the process for He truly is the only one who can empower you by His grace and steadfastness to walk through changes and be refined not scorched by the fire.
4)See the good in it. Change is not a bad thing. For usually change is moving us somewhere for the Lord to use us while we have to trust in Him and depend on Him wholly and no longer ourselves. For when we are bring brought through change, the Lord is working something awesome around us so He can work through us to transform us. For the more we look to Him, the more we will seek Him and rest in His presence and in His presence, become like Him. Whenever you are going through some sort of change, ask Jesus to walk with you through it. Ask Him to open your eyes to see what He is doing and trust in Him that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.
5)Rejoice. Have fun through changes. Continue to worship God and embrace change with a thankful heart. For even if you don’t see what can come from it, He can and the more we learn to just praise Him and rejoice in His goodness, the more He can work in and through us for our hearts are staying soft and yeilded to Him rather than hardening and becoming more introspective as to why this is happening, what did I do wrong, why do I need to, etc.
The greatest thing I have learned so far about change is; resting in the presence of God and continuing to seek His face, allows me to find security that although I am not sure of the bigger picture, He already knows. The more I trust in Him, the less work I try to do and the more His grace empowers and covers me-enabling Him to do what He has placed me here to do so.
I am reading an amazing book and I reccommend it to you: Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick !
“If Go is calling you to make a big difference, He usually starts in a small way-a flaming bush that only you will notice”
For usually when the Lord is asking us to trust in Him with our lives, it’s simple day to day changes He will start asking us to do and through that, our ordinary will allow God to do extraordinary things!
Will you trust in Him with the change you feel He is asking you to make? Will you stand in faith and trust in Him who holds the universe together to bring you into greater and better things? For He will never bring you somewhere to leave you, He will bring you somewhere for you to encounter Him in deeper ways, that will leave you trasnformed from the inside out!
Have a great day and may you continue to trust in the Lord Jesus !!
“To this end we always pray for you, that Our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12