Change Can Be Hard


For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Change can be hard. There’s a lot of unknown and uncertainty that lies ahead. Whether it’s going off to college or graduating college, moving to a new city or state, beginning a new job or even a relationship, we cannot predict what will happen. I’m someone who typically can embrace change, but there have been instances that have rattled me and I’ve struggled to adapt, and I know people who simply despise change. Whichever boat you fall into, there are three things we must all believe when going through transitions.

The first is that God is present with us here and already is in our future. Deuteronomy 31:8 says that God has gone ahead of us and is with us here in this moment; He will not leave or forsake us and that because of that we have no reason to fear. In Revelation 1:8 God declares that He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, the One who is, always was, and is to come. There’s something spectacularly reassuring knowing that we are not alone, no matter what.

Second is that God guides us through our seasons. In Psalm 32:8 it says, “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’ “ Isaiah 30:21 says, “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘this is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” The best thing we can do when charting through unfamiliar territory is to be in His Word and spend time with Him in prayer. This is when we will hear Him speak to us, directing us. Proverbs 3:6 talks about this when it calls us to seek Him in everything and He will direct our steps. Because God has gone ahead of us, dwelling in our past, present, and future, He knows all. He is omniscient, and because of this attribute, we can trust God to lead us -He knows where we are going. Isaiah 58:11 even reminds us that not only does God guide us continually, but He also provides what we need most in the seasons we experience.

Third is that everything - and I mean absolutely everything - is under God’s control. He is God Almighty who has reigning authority. I think this is what unsettles so many of us, that we don’t feel like we have control over transitions in our lives because of unknowns that can happen. And the truth is that usually we don’t, but the beauty of being a Christian is we serve a God who doesn’t waver with change; it does not impact His supremacy. 1 Corinthians 15:28, 1 Peter 3:22, and Matthew 28:18 are just a few verses that remind us of His authority - over creation, situations, powers, everything!

Knowing and believing these three things will help us feel secure and confident when we go through transitions because we can stand firm in our Lord: who He is and what He can do.

When I was experiencing a lot of unknown in what was a long season of transition, I stumbled upon a book titled Choosing REAL by Bekah Jane Pogue. I highly recommend reading it, as there was so much in there relating to these kinds of seasons. In it she writes, “What if it’s possible not to be thrown by transition - where life was before, where we believe it ought to go - but to respond to it with trusting faith by clinging even tighter to a constant God.” These are the greatest things we can learn in times of change: trust and faith. We can trust God to lead us. We can trust He is working in our lives for our betterment and His glory. We can have faith that He will not abandon us. We can have faith that His guidance is the best. We might be taken by surprise by things that happen, unsure of how to respond, struggling to adapt, but God remains the same. He is with us, guides us, and knows the journey that lies ahead, and times like these are great opportunities to draw closer to Him and His Truth.

Reflection

1. What are things that I specifically struggle with when it comes to change?

2. How can I personally, through the transition I am experiencing, practice trust and faith in God?

Prayer

Yahweh, I praise You for being a God who is in -control and all-knowing, the best Guide I could ever have in my life. Continue to speak to me and lead me as You desire. May I develop a stronger trust and steadfast faith in You through these times of change, believing in the direction You take my life, and follow it rather than my own desires. Help me to believe in Your constant presence, and let that bring me peace and security when I face the uncertain. Amen.

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