Some people don’t like change. Some people thrive on it.
My son is one of those “thriving” folks. Make a change in his schedule or his plans, and he just rolls with it. He doesn’t let a change in plans in bring him down. That’s probably why he has coped fairly well in the military for the past 8 years. Nothing ever goes as planned where the military is concerned. My daughter, daughter-in-law and husband, on the other hand, immediately resist change until they’ve had a chance to process through it. Once they think things through, they adapt quite well and come to embrace the unexpected. Mostly. ðŸ˜‰
Personally, I’ve never had a problem with change, as long as it brings with it some necessary improvements and a fresh perspective on things.
This past January, my pastor challenged our entire congregation to pick one word to inspire us throughout the entire year. The word I picked was “trust”. Little did I know that my choice of this “one word” would be almost immediately tested in a gigantic way. My circumstances began to change around me at an alarming rate, filling me with doubt and quite frankly, fear. But – through God’s grace – I remembered my one word, clung to it actually. And almost immediately my fear was replaced with peace. My circumstances were still dire, but bit by bit I began to see God working in the midst of my circumstances. I began to see opportunities emerge that before, I didn’t know existed – exciting opportunities – ones I would have missed if things had continued as before per the “status quo”.
How do you cope with change? Are you afraid of the unknown? Do you hold tightly to your routine and prefer the status quo? Or do you welcome the unexpected, seeing new possibilities in the ever-changing circumstances?
I can’t wait to tell you all about the changes that I’ve been experiencing – and I will – when the time is right.
Let me leave you with this for now. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture, and it fits right along with my “one word” challenge for the year:
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my TRUST in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” – Psalm 143: 8-10
Remember – change is coming.