Embracing Change as a Gift


Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I can still feel his tiny body against mine as the doctor placed him in my arms for the first time. Those moments after bringing sweet Sam into the world were pure joy. A mountain-top experience unlike anything I’ve ever felt.

This high-on-life feeling lasted for a few days as we navigated nurses and doctors, introduced him to doting family members, got the hang of nursing and pumping, changed (a lot) of diapers, and it even continued as we settled in to our new-normal at home.

And then, suddenly, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

This tiny human was my responsibility. His fragile little life rested in my hands. The sense of responsibility I felt was almost suffocating. No matter how many books I read or classes I went to, nothing could have prepared me for it.

Becoming a mom was easily the biggest change I had ever experienced in my life. Not only had my sleep schedule and my body changed, my level of independence had changed radically. For the foreseeable future, my life would completely revolve around someone else’s.

Looking back, it’s clear I had two choices by which I could live through this change - I could reject it and let it weigh me down like a burden, or I could embrace it, trust God, and watch Him move. Luckily, God led me to choose the latter.

By choosing contentment during this season of change, I was able to see that God was using it to mold me like clay in His hands. While things were changing on the outside, He was changing me on the inside. Making me more patient, more loving, and more dependent on Him.

Has the change stopped? No. Has my perspective shifted? Yes. Instead of viewing change as a burden, I can now embrace it as a gift. A gift from a good, good Father who is relentlessly pulling me closer to Him.

Reflection

1. Think back to a big change in your life. How did God work behind the scenes to pursue you through it?

2. What changes are happening in your life right now? How could you shift your perspective and better embrace those changes?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Instead of losing heart in times of change, remind us that You’re always in control. Help us embrace change knowing that You’re hard at work behind the scenes writing a better story for our lives than we could ever imagine.

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