Change can be scary at times, there is no arguing that. We are creatures of habit, and when something disrupts our “normal” it can really throw us for a loop! Here on earth, when the only constant in life is change, why do we continue to struggle to accept it?
Throughout my years I have met all different types of people and all different ways of viewing and handling change. There are those who will fight against any change, sometimes even against all odds. There are those who seem just to shrug their shoulders and go along for the ride. There are also those who embrace change and even seek it out more regularly than the average individual. Regardless of which category you may personally fall into, change is inevitable. How we choose to handle change is what really separates us.
The Bible tells us in John 14:27, “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.”
This, for me, lays out that no matter what the world throws at me, I can be calm and more than okay when I rest in Christ. The world has thrown a lot at me over the past twenty years, and it is only within the last five that I have begun to feel better equipped to handle any changes, no matter how tough. Anything that comes up, good or bad or even indifferent, I always take back to God. I rest in knowing that this life is not forever, that He strengthens me through love and faith, and that if I continuously give my heart to Him, I do not need to be afraid.
This is not to say I do not still struggle with change at times. I am going into a new season as the crew leader at my company, with an entirely new crew, and double that we had last year. There will be new challenges, new properties, and just the general getting used to things on a full-time schedule again. Sure, this is a little nerve-wracking in ways! I am choosing to look at these changes with a positive and light heart, knowing that my Lord tells me I do not need to be afraid. He has always provided, always comforted and always shown me the way. All I have to do is be open to the changes and adapt with a willingness outside of a reasonable comfort zone.
Something else I have learned in adapting to new roles and with new people in life is always to be kind. No matter the changes being thrown my way, or how they may be thrown, always treat others with a Christ-like heart, and when in doubt, restraint of tongue and pen is best.
“If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.” (Luke 10:6)
In all changes, including those that have taken root personally in the ways I behave and think, remembering to stop and see others as the Lord sees us, turning to Him and bringing everything to Him, we do not need to fear change or anything that comes our way. When we do find ourselves in fear and doubt, we can pray, talk to our fellow brothers and sisters, and find times of quiet in the word. These ways will always turn us back to a peaceful heart resting in Jesus’s everlasting goodness and mercy.
May you find rest in His Grace and peace in change,