This seems to be such a time of change, so many of my friends and ourselves too experiencing change in so many different aspects of life:- little ones going off to school for the first time, bigger ones going up to high school, others on to college, all leaving gaps of different kinds, leaving us to face changing roles, changing lives, changing situations. Then there are the new jobs, and for some even new countries!!
I don’t really embrace change, I brace myself for it. I like the comfortable, the familiar, it takes a while for me to adjust both in my thinking and in my practice.
But we too are facing change, huge change in daily life, daily routines and roles. All for the better, yes, but it doesn’t mean that the transition is any easier and it shouldn’t be undermined.
So how do we face change, how do we embrace it instead of fear it?
I suppose really it is a matter of trust. Trusting that God has got us in this time too, trust that He has this planned, trust that He will walk with us in these new times, just as He has in past times. It is the old saying isn’t it:
“I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”
So in the days ahead I may walk tentatively, I may be a bit shy in stepping out, in seeing what this new phase may bring, but I can put my hand in the hand of “the one who walked the water” and I can trust that He will be there walking right beside me, every step of the way.
What a glorious assurance and one I need to hold onto and bring to mind each and every time the fear and anxiety of change arises.
“Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!””
1 Samuel 7:12 NLT,
I can say with Samuel “up to this point the Lord has helped us”, so what do I fear, the Lord with me, I can raise my Ebenezer to Him and embrace the future with Him, He is faithful!