Too many times we, as weak human beings, believe that our plans are bound to come to fruition according to our own time table. Then comes a thing called CHANGE. It’s something we all face, usually on a daily basis. We cannot avoid it or redirect it or stop it. We should embrace some change, but even the changes we do not like or do not want must be dealt with. Remember that not all change is good, and not all is bad. There may be some to which we can say ‘NO,’ but there will always be the change with which we have no recourse. The one constant, however, is that there will always be change in our lives.
So, how do we deal with change? We simply rely on our Hope with an open heart and a calm spirit. Most changes in our lives are not under our direct control, but they are still in our lives and we have to learn to adjust. Whatever that change may be, we must find a way to fit it into our lives, and reshape our thoughts and behaviors to positively accommodate it. We cannot mull over what life was like before the change and how difficult it will be to revamp ourselves. Likewise, we cannot disregard the past in order to focus solely on an amazing new change that has come upon us. We must think of change as more of a transition. That way we can focus our attention and our prayers on what will become of us as time progresses and the results of the change become apparent.
Yes, change has many faces. It has many benefits and it may have many consequences. But the important thing is how we handle it. Is it with grace, or with anger? Do we smile through it, or do we frown? And how are we treating those who bring the change to us, with love or dislike? Jesus Himself faced many changes, yet He continued to shine through them all, even while suffering on the cross. He went through the ultimate change…from life, to death, to life again.
So look at your life today, and when you face a change, embrace it. Whether it be good or bad, think about what it means, what you will have to adjust to deal with it, and how you can turn it into something positive, no matter what it is. Then thank God that you can assimilate change into your life, and if it is a difficult one, ask Him to give you wisdom and grace to handle it. Find opportunity in any change, and use it to enrich your life. Do not allow it to hinder your walk with God. Rather, face it as a new adventure, with joy and excitement and wonder.
Listen, I tell you a mystery; We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51
Change in all things is sweet. – Aristotle