God, Help Me Welcome Change
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Greetings fellow sojourners!
God is Creator and, therefore, the owner of time and seasons. We must pass through all experiences as ordained by God when the time comes for us to do so. There is nothing that can be done to stop life from changing so it will profit us to learn how to welcome change in our heart. For example, we are unable to prevent a child from growing up, halt the aging in a loved one, stop the trees from losing their leaves or impede the sun from setting. God created these things, and therefore we must learn to greet them with joy and praise God for His goodness in everything.
One way we can welcome change is by asking God to increase our faith and bless Him for any route in which He chooses to take us. We will find our faith requires we conform to God’s nature; loving what He loves and hating what He hates (Zechariah 8:17). Since God created time and change accompanies time, as long as we live in
Fear can be a giant obstacle to welcoming change. Perhaps instead of clinging to the One who created all things we instead have exchanged the truth for a lie and agreed to cling instead to created things. In doing so, we are in effect saying the object we are clinging to (person or thing) has a greater capacity to meet our deep needs than the One who created us. God, Himself has set eternity in our hearts; therefore the deep eternal things our soul craves was designed to be satisfied only by the deep and imperishable things of Him and not the shallow, temporary things inherent in creation. When we allow the fear of uncertainty to invade our heart, we become more concerned about what other people are doing and the effect it will have on us instead of trusting God’s absolute sovereignty.
For example, when Peter saw John, he said to Jesus, “Lord — what about him?” Jesus responded, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.” (John 21:21-22) God has a plan for each one of our lives and a season for it to transpire. What if alternatively, we removed our questioning and replaced it with a daily focus on what God desires to change in US and how we can help others reach their best IN the Lord?
While we live our lives in time, let’s welcome the different seasons’ life presents knowing God created them. Be encouraged knowing that although things change in time, God, because He is outside of time and is eternal, does not change. Lord, allow us to learn quickly and not set our hearts on created things for not only will they change but they are imperfect. You, Lord, are the only perfect thing we will ever experience and You never change. Help me to live closer to You and not desire the temporary benefits of this world over Your eternal riches of heaven, amen.
In His grace,