Changes in life can be intimidating, but without it, no one would really be living. Change keeps you on your toes and reminds you that you were created to use your skills and talents. Change puts us in frightening places. Change helps us to keep our eyes not on ourselves, but on Jesus. It can be scary to venture into the unknown and to not have any expectations for what is to come. But at the same time, that is the true beauty of change.
Change involves taking risks. It involves making plans and wondering how those plans will turn out. Not all change is bad. Change can be adventurous and exciting. Change can be refreshing and needed.
Change can also seem unreasonable, especially from a worldly perspective. When God calls people to change certain areas of their life, sometimes it’s just hard for the world to understand. When a person becomes a Christian and changes their life, sometimes their old friends don’t like the new change. Sometimes change for a person doesn’t make sense to others.
Common sense and reasoning are good tools to have, but at times, those two things cause us to limit God’s plans and His power. If we could figure Him out, well then God wouldn’t be all that powerful. I can think of several events in my life where I made decisions that did not make sense to the world’s standards, but the Lord’s tugging on my heart led me to obey His direction. I wonder what my life would look like if I had chosen not to obey the Lord and followed my own reasoning instead..where would I be? Where would you be?
The Lord’s way is sometimes clear, direct and the plans seem to make sense, but at other times, it may seem like a huge leap of faith to take the next steps. The Lord wants us to trust Him, even if we don’t have all the answers. People will question and argue, but it all comes down to obedience. If the Lord is calling, will you obey despite that the odds may appear to be against you?
Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps.” We can get so caught up in making our own plans, but in the end, do they line up with God’s will for our lives? Are we taking a moment to pause and see if the place we are in now is where He wants us to be? If we aren’t, then change needs to happen.
I went for a run today and I noticed this sign on my street….
These signs can be seen everywhere, but today I took extra notice of it at just the right time. I thought about my walk with God and how in a relationship with Him, there is no stopping at any time. Whether things are hard or easy, I am not to just stop believing or stop trusting in God. A relationship with Him is continuous… yes, there will be hard times when we all want to quit, but God is still there! When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was taken by the Roman soldiers to be crucified, He prayed a sincere heartfelt prayer regarding the will of God. In Matthew 26:39 it says, “And going a little farther He fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’” Jesus never stopped praying, He never stopped believing, He never stopped living out the will of God. If He had never came down to earth to be born and die on the cross, we never would have been saved!
Change is hard and it takes some getting used to. But without change, we really wouldn’t be living life. People come and go throughout our lives, children grow up, friends move away, adults buy homes, graduations happen, babies are born, and the list goes on… All of these things include change. Some of them happen without our control. It included people planning (or not planning) to see these changes take place in their lives. And through the changes, the Lord can be glorified in our lives IF we are seeking Him. He takes care of us and provides, so we do not need to worry. When we wonder what is next and cannot plan for the future, it’s a great thing because it causes us to not rely on ourselves but to turn to Jesus. It reminds us that we are powerless people serving a Powerful and Mighty God. We wait on Him and trust that He will answer in His timing.
So what changes need to happen in your life that God is calling you to? Are we trusting ourselves or looking to Him to reveal the answers?
Jeremiah 33:3 – “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”