As 2014 begins, we will come to realize that a new year often brings change. Few people enjoy change. Change in our lives can bring worry, fear, anxiety or concern; it can be unsettling because we don’t know what to expect. A manager I had years ago had a favorite saying. It was “the only thing that is constant, is change”. Every time she said this, I would cringe because I knew that my job was going to go through some sort of change again, and it wasn’t always good. On the other hand, there are also great changes that affect our lives and we should look at them as opportunities that God blesses us with. If we look for it, we will find that each day brings a new gift such as a wedding, retirement, or a new baby in the family (wink, wink). Change is essential if we are going to grow. Every new thing we learn, every new idea or new piece of information changes us in some way.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
Our first gift of this year is my husband starting his retirement after thirty-four years with the phone company. While this change is going to be exciting, it solidifies something the Lord has spoken to both of us in the last couple of years. As empty nesters in a pretty large home, we’ve both been seriously contemplating scaling down to a smaller home and now that he is retired, it just seems to make sense. Even when we are going through good changes in our lives, we can and always should go to God. God is constant, He is unchanging. In Malachi 3:6 NKJV, God says, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” I find comfort in that. No matter what change this move will mean to us, He will not change and neither will His love for us. We need Him to help us get through whatever may come our way. Some days we may shout “Praise the Lord” and other times we may be crying out “We need a miracle!” Whatever the day may bring, changes are going to come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them.
I should mention that when change happens, it should be followed by trust. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5 NKJV Trusting God is a conscious dependence on God. When we get to know Him, we will find out over and over again that He goes before us and smoothes the way.
So let the changes come…Trust God with all the changes and know that He is more than able to help us and He even has plans to bless us.