Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
- John 14:27
As the wind screams outside, tree branches create dancing shadows on your wall. The sound of heavy steps gets louder as they get closer to your room. You pull up your blankets to cover your face as the door pushes open to reveal the threat: change.
At some point when I was growing up, my fears transformed from monsters under my bed to the risk of change. It is a part of human nature to prefer safety. For the most part, we like when our lives are predictable. We can not only understand it, but we can control it.
I’ll be the first to admit that when something in my life changes I can get scared. I like knowing what each day is going to look like. Change causes me to be unsure of this and I feel like I’m being dragged into a dark hallway of new unknowns. Trust me when I say that I can empathize with you on the anxiety that can follow the change.
However, dear reader, I have some good news. We do not have to be afraid of change because we have a good God who does not change. He is constant in who He is and His love for His children. If we trust that the Lord has a plan for us and let Him lead us, then we can let go of the need to plan our lives step by step.
Although, I know that there are times when change seems like it is taking us somewhere we do not want to be. There have been times where I am in a good place and I feel like I am completely devoted to my identity and purpose in Christ, and the next thing I know something happens that makes me question everything.
In many of these instances, I find that God is challenging me to grow in who I am and in my relationship with him. The other day I had a friend tell me about a negative change that was going on in her life. She told me that at first, she could not understand why the Lord would take her out of such a good and healthy place, but when she went to Him in prayer she got her answer. The friend explained to me that she felt like the Lord was saying to her “How are you to grow if I keep you in the same spot?"
I ask that you remember that question whenever you are being pulled towards change.
Being a Christian is incredibly rewarding, but sometimes the journey can be hard. The Lord wants to use us to bring glory to Him and sometimes that does not always mean easy circumstances. Yet, He still tells us to not be afraid and to trust him.
Sometimes we feel alone and doubt that He is really walking with us, but in these times we must remind ourselves that He has always known us. He knows our hearts and He knows our future. The plan He has for us is better than anything we could come up with.
The next time you hear those footsteps, and you're tempted to hide as change comes through your door, look to your nightlight; for Jesus is the light that never goes out and always remains.
1. Is there a life change that the Lord is calling you towards?
2. What is one you are going to face this fear of change differently?
Lord, I thank You for being a God who doesn’t change. You love us and know our hearts and our future. I pray that I learn to trust You completely and feel peace in change. I love You, Amen.
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