Change

It’s that time of year again.

The time of year when leaves change along with our wreaths. When we pull out our sweaters and jackets and head over to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice. When stores put out their Halloween and Christmas decorations side by side. And when the weather finally starts to cool down to something more tolerable.*

For most of us, this is a change that we welcome. It’s exciting to bring in a new season and all of the activities that come with it. It’s a pleasant change—one that we mark our calendars with and anticipate until the day of its arrival. It’s the kind of change that we as humans actually like. However, as most of us know, there is another kind of change as well. One that is far more disruptive and far less pleasant.

And for most of us, this is the kind of change that we could do without. 

I’m going to be honest. I’ve never been the kind of person that welcomes change. I thrive on schedules and routines and things staying the same. I’m what some people would call a ‘creature of habit‘—and in most cases, I avoid change like the plague. But sometimes, change is exactly what God uses to help us grow. And that’s what I want to talk about in this post. 

A while back, I posted a quote to one of my old blog posts that I believe is fitting here. It reads, “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”- C. S. Lewis. In order for God to be able to use us, He has to first grow us as people. And often, the way that He chooses to grow us, whether we can see it at the time or not, is through change. 

This growth isn’t always easy. Sometimes it looks like a breakup, or a change in jobs. Sometimes it’s a difficult season where we can’t see a clear path. Sometimes it means graduating high school or college, and moving onto the next chapter of our lives. These kinds of things are usually really hard—but they’re also some of ways that we grow the most. And God never takes something away unless He has something better for us down the road.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” As Christ-followers we can have full confidence in God’s plans for us, and that He knows what He has in store for our lives—even when we can’t see the big picture. We can wake up every morning believing and declaring God’s goodness, and knowing that He is a God who never changes, and who we can always turn to and lean on in times of trouble. And He is the one who guides our path, even when we can’t see where it leads. 

Because of all of this, I’m slowly getting better at handling change. I’m learning to trust and have faith in what I cannot see. I’m learning what it means to leap—even when it feels like I’m going to fall. And I’m learning to embrace life fully—whatever it chooses to throw in my way.

This week, I want to challenge you to face change head on.

And trust that our God, who is a good, good Father, has great plans for us in the midst of every season and every change. 

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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lordwhose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8. 

How about you? Have you ever gone through a difficult change in your life? If so, how did you get through it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! 

*Or as my friend says, unless you live in the south—in which case, “you’re still wearing shorts and taking your bf to the beach”. Quote courtesy of Jenna. Hi Jenna.

 

 

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A New Chapter

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.“-Taylor Swift

Tomorrow, I’ll be closing a chapter; a chapter that I’ve been living in since the 9th grade. When I walk up to receive my diploma, and walk off the stage to greet my family, my time in high school will be over.

Up until now, I’ve pretty much known what to expect out of life. I’ve been with the same people for the last couple years and know exactly who I’m going to hang out with when I get to my classes. Not to mention that for the first time, I’ll be in classes where not everyone shares my faith. I’ve heard all of the horror stories and have seen the movie God’s Not Dead, where the professor asks all of his students to write “God is dead”. I suppose if I end up with a situation like that, God will give me the courage to get through.

Not to mention that my goals will no longer be “high school goals”, they’ll be life goals. Now is a time when I’m really going to need to start working hard to achieve my dreams.

But, even as I face this, I know that everything will be OK.

I think this is one of those times when I (and every other graduating senior) have to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God said this to the Israelites exiled in Babylon in the Old Testament and I believe this can be said for each one of us today. God has written our stories before we were even born and has amazing plans for each of our lives, plans that are better than we can eve imagine right now.

So this is our hope fellow graduates of middle school, high school, and college.

This is our hope, fellow travelers in the road of life.

This is our hope, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

God has plans for us that we can’t see yet. All that we have to do, is continue to follow Him and have faith in the future. Faith in what we cannot see, but still choose to believe.

This will be the faith that leads us, this will be the faith that helps us get through, and this will be the faith that helps us thrive in our new chapters of life, whatever they may look like. Our individual stories may be as different as the DNA inside of us, but we serve the same Creator. We serve the same Creator who made the stars, and, the same Creator who holds our hearts.

Thus, as we enter into our next chapter, let’s live by faith, choose to love those God puts in our paths, and have hope in the amazing plans that our God has for us.

‘”You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16.❤️