Monday, October 28, 2013

Why Change Is A Good Thing

By Julie Gernand
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
As a child, I really didn’t like change.

Come to think of it, as an adult, I still don’t!

It always took me a good portion of the school year to get used to a new teacher and classroom growing up. I hated not knowing what to expect from a new class or after-school activity. Now getting the hang of a new position at work makes me anxious, and I find myself worrying about how I will adjust to the constant changing of schedules and routines that being a choreographer includes. I like structure, pattern, and consistency. And, frankly, life is often far from structured, patterned, or consistent. 

In the past year or so, I have gotten married, moved out of my parents’ house and into a new condo, and started a new position in my job with more responsibility. Adjusting to all these new things has been both a blessing and a burden. Yes, I am so very grateful for my new husband, surroundings, and responsibility. I cannot take these blessings for granted.

Yet, the earthly, human, sinful side of me hates not knowing what is next. I fear being unprepared for new tasks and I find myself wishing I could go back to my previous job, where I knew exactly what was expected of me daily, and where…well…where I wasn’t challenged. Where I wasn’t using my abilities to their full potential.  Hmmm….

Why is change a good thing?

1) Change means growth. God uses new opportunities to help us grow as people. If things never changed, neither would we. We would stay stagnant in sheltered bubbles, not knowing what opportunities we might have experienced.  We wouldn’t learn new things, develop new hobbies, meet new people, or experience the fullness of life God would have for us if we never explored new things. God desires for us to use our talents, minds, and bodies for Him!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

2) Change can mean pain. And why is pain a good thing? Well, in the short term, we have a difficult time seeing its benefits. The obligatory change following the death of a loved one, or after the diagnosis of a serious illness can be nothing but heart-wrenchingly difficult. However, when we zoom the camera lens out to see the big picture, we can see the beauty of the way the Lord works through difficult times. Only He can bring beauty from the ashes.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

3) Change means trusting God. Each new experience or opportunity gives us a new opportunity to learn to trust God in a new, deeper way. For the devil may consume us with doubt, fear, and anxiety, but Jesus has promised to never leave you or forget you. This is a promise, dear friends! He loves his children with a passion, and He will never allow us to take on more than we can handle with His help. If you are going through a difficult change, let this be a time to engage more deeply with your Heavenly Father in prayer, asking for patience, perspective, peace, and trust. 

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

Dear Jesus, sometimes changes happen, and I have trouble adapting to them. Help me to remember that you never change, and that your unconditional love is something that is reliable, no matter what the circumstance here on Earth. This is truly amazing Lord. Thank you for your promises and presence.

Amen!

What changes are you enduring that challenge you grow in, surrender to, and trust Christ?

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