I don’t know how all y’all feel about it, but this is definitely NOT my favorite word. And for most people, the feeling is mutual. However, we all know that the dreaded “change” happens. A lot. Sometimes it’s exciting. But most of the time it’s not. Sometimes it’s our decision. But most of the time it’s not. Sometimes we instigate it. But most of the time, we do not.
Well, in my life lately, there’s been a lot of this “c” word. And there’s a whole lot more coming down the pipe. As circumstances have unfolded over the last several weeks, my emotions have run the gamut, my prayer life has been to the highs and lows, and my relationships have felt the effect of all these things.Just to give you a little context, here is a sampling of our pending changes.
1. Moving out of our first home together
2. Going through a major transition at work
3. Moving to Oxford, England
4. Starting a new job in said country
5. Selling most of our material possessions
6. Leaving our family in this country.
… And many more related changes that tie to the big ones listed above. Needless to say, this has been a challenge. But recently, something more productive has resulted from this unwanted word.
“Changes are inevitable and not always controllable. What can be controlled is how you manage,react to and work through the change process.”
This is the quote that I get to read every time I have walked into work these past few weeks. The first time I read it, I thought, “Nice ploy from management to make all this upheaval go down a little sweeter.” Yeah, i know, not a very good attitude. Then, the more I read it, I began to think, “Ok, yes, I do have responsibility in all of these changes, and I haven’t been reacting correctly.” And then, as I started to work on my reactions, I realized something much more inspiring than this inspirational quote. I realized that change is an instrument of God. In my life. For good. In fact, change should be one of the most beautiful things in our life – as it allows us to see the character of our God and the fullness of our relationship with Him. Without change, we would not have the “glorious hope” that Scripture speaks of.
So why do I dread it? Why do we all dread it?
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The greatest moment of our lives with be when our Savior changes us to His eternal image. So rather than dreading all of these earthly changes, may we ever rejoice in them as a dim glimpse of the great glory of our God, and His joyful, merciful work in our lives.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”