Usually in my working environment I love change and I embrace it most of the time. I know that if it doesn’t work out we’ll eventually do something different instead and it’s worth the risk.
BUT …and here’s the big but. When that change comes in our own lives we might not want it at first. Sometimes we’re afraid of change and that fear holds us in a prison and we’re paralysed by it.
I’ve learned that life is all about change and renewal.
You can’t change someone who doesn’t see an issue in their actions!
So I asked the Lord to change me, as I finally realised that I didn’t have the ability to change anyone else.
He has sent me to proclaim FREEDOM for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed FREE …
What I didn’t expect was the way He would do it and how I would struggle at times to bring needed changes into my life.
Change = My Growing Pains
If I told you that change is easy I’d be lying. It isn’t. Plus I hoped that the Lord would change things ‘the way I wanted them to change’. But that doesn’t seem to happen very often.
There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain.
I’ve learned that the Lord can bring others into our lives for a season to initiate changes. Though sometimes He expects us to let go of them after a time and rely solely on Him. That’s having to accept unexpected change.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
Change of Routine
Sometimes change is so hard as you now have to fill that time with something else. Routines change. There’s a void that only the Lord can fill.
Time for Change
The Lord isn’t limited by time. He’s my past, present and future so when I think about the future or a particular day of the week … I know He’s already there waiting for me. He’s gone ahead of me and my trust is in Him.
Change of Attitude
I’ve had to change my attitude towards change. The Lord never closes one door without opening another. That’s just so reassuring!
Impossible and Unable to Change?
Real change ~~> changes what you do ~~> not what you say.
I have a choice when it comes to change. It’s up to me whether I heed the Lord or not. It’s my decision. I’m not a robot but someone who has a choice in making and accepting those changes. I’m His child and He loves me so much and I love Him too so inevitably I’m willing to make those changes.
Change gives me hope!
I’ve now accepted the changes the Lord has laid in front of me rather than the ones I’d initially wanted and hoped for. I’m accountable to Him alone and know that His ways are best for me … even His detours.
Change of Direction
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I’ve changed direction and now I’m on a different journey with the Lord. But what change has really taught me is that the type of person I’ve become is far more important to Him than any failures or successes I’ll have on this journey. I look on change as building my character, resilience and patience. It’s fruitful and change transforms me more into His image.