Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Change seems to be a steady companion of life. As I sit and ponder how I really feel about change, I must admit that for most of my life I have tried to avoid change. Having grown up as a third culture kid, I guess I have had more than my share of this mostly unwelcome guest.
As I have been reflecting on this, it came to my mind that perhaps, just perhaps, there is some good in change. I think of how my kids left our home, a change that I was not super thrilled about. But as I think deeper about this, I don’t think I would really want to stifle their lives by keeping them here with us, all tucked in and “safe” with their mom and dad. That change was a natural and a needed change for their own growth. I have also found that particular change to be good for me as I had to learn to let go and let God continue His work in their lives just as He was working in my very own life.
Another change I am experiencing currently is that of getting older. As I see the uninvited limitations that start creeping into my life, I sometimes have a difficult time welcoming that change. Since I do not tend to cultivate a bright and shiny disposition naturally, I have to work harder at finding things to be thankful for. As I age, this has become a greater challenge, but by God’s mercy and grace I have been able to find things to thank Him for even through the changes as I mature.
All of that being said, I believe that it is innately human to long for something that is unchanging. And so as I have continued to ponder, my mind finds great rest in the fact that we serve an unchanging God in a life which seems to be constantly changing. As I settle on that thought, it gives me great comfort. That which is pure and true and holy is never going to change. I, who tend toward sin and unholiness do not need to stay in that state. Rather I am invited to embrace the inner transformation as I change to become more like Christ who has always been and is and will always be as He is. Oh how that alters my thoughts on change! I would not have it any other way. I want and need the change in my life that is always transforming me more into the image of Christ.
As we have entered 2022 with unknown changes still to come, I want to become better at welcoming them. For it is change that brings me closer to my Lord and makes me a more useful vessel for His purposes. This can happen as I learn to let go of my own expectations and desires to allow for those things that God has planned for and with my life. Those plans most certainly will involve some kind of change. As much as it may pain me at times, I welcome this change as a gift from my Lord Jesus.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end.
-Which current change has God brought to you and is asking you to embrace as He walks through this change with you?
-Which aspect of God’s unchanging character comes to mind as you walk through your current situation?
If you are having a hard time relinquishing control over this change perhaps you may want to practice this exercise:
Ask God to give you the strength and the courage to relinquish all to Him.
With palms down on your lap name any uneasiness regarding a change in your life. Now put your palms up and offer the worry to Jesus saying “I trust you Lord”. As you open your hands He does not leave these hands empty but He offers Himself to you. Rest in Him and you will rest through the change He brings about in and through you.