…change! It is truly inevitable. I know people who thrive on change and get bored when they have to drive the same car for more than two weeks. I also know people who have had the same car for 20 years!
I used to avoid change as much as possible. As long as things stayed the same, I didn’t have to face my fears or experience pain or allow God to stretch me. I could relate to Sydney J. Harris when he said, “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Makes me chuckle every time I read it.
It is almost impossible for things to remain the same and get better. I am reminded of another saying: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, if that’s the case, I know several insane individuals (I won’t allow for introspection here)!
Change is inescapable in our lives. I would even go out on a very short limb and say that change is necessary in our lives. Thank God that I am not the same person I was 10 years ago! How we respond or adjust to the changes that we encounter determines our outcome. If we don’t respond or adjust to the changes, we will become stagnant in our growth.
What helps me more than anything is understanding that my God is immutable. He will NEVER change! I can stand on His promises in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” and Malachi 3:6, “”I, the Lord, do not change”. Even though everything around me is in constant flux, God is constant! When I stand on the Solid Rock, I can choose to be malleable in His hand. My foundation is secure!
With these promises in hand, I have been learning to adapt to change and allow it to transform me instead of paralyze me more recently. Change is inevitable, but that also means change is to be anticipated. I wouldn’t say that I particularly embrace change, but I do welcome it instead of slamming the door. So, ready or not! Change is about to ring your door bell. Choose to anticipate and be ready!
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
— C.S. Lewis