Change is an inevitable fact of life that we all experience throughout our lives. Sometimes change happens by surprise with very little time to wrap our minds around the situation and prepare ourselves mentally for the the change. Other times we have agonizing amounts of time to anticipate the change, either with excitement or dread. There rarely feels like just the right amount of time of preparation for the change.
Sometimes the change feels all wrong, and sometimes the change feels exactly right. Regardless of our perceptions about the change, we need to accept that change is a natural part of God's plan for our lives. and that NOTHING ever stays the same forever. The things that we wish would never change do; the things that we fear will never change do and the things that we don't expect to change do as well.
In spite of an ever changing life and world that can shake us to the very core of our being, we, as believers in Christ, can find great comfort in holding fast to the hand of our God who NEVER changes. Though our world may crumble around us, we find security on our solid rock, God Himself. Though we don't understand what or why difficult things are happening, we can find comfort in knowing that God understands and that He will be there to walk with us through the change, guiding our every step, giving strength and courage along the way. We need to remember to express thanks to God for all of the ways He loves, protects, and supports us through difficult, painful changes,
On the brighter side, we also have exciting and happy seasons of change that we can reach out and share with our God. He not only wants to hear our fears and worries, He also wants to hear our joys as well. When we have occasion to celebrate happy change, we need to remember to include God in our celebrations and express thanks to our God who has given us the blessings of change.
Finally, we will greatly benefit from learning how to accept change as a natural part of life, rather than something that is bad and needs to be stopped. When we learn how to stop fighting change, and accept it with grace and a unshakable trust in God, we will begin to experience the deep abiding peace in our very soul that God's word talks about. We never need to be afraid of or to fear change. No matter what, God is in control and He will work all things out for our good.