For many of us, change is difficult. Not all of us are daredevils, rushing from one unique and risky experience to the next. Rather, we prefer one day following another in orderly procession.
This doesn’t mean we’re not creative or willing to change our daily routines. Of course we can flex, though we may feel out of kilter throughout. This simply means that structure and predictability make us comfortable and more able to create and to live peacefully.
Thus, for some of us, the most powerful way God can impact our lives is by allowing change to upset the cart. When we’re out of kilter and events have thrown us outside the boundaries of our well-worn path, we find we must rely on God.
Therein lies the rub.
Will we? Will we trust that God will orchestrate this change for good? Can we learn to be at peace with the new situation that God has allowed, even though we may never understand the reasons? Can we find peace in our confidence in him?
Some of my best growth has been done with my heels dug in as I’ve resisted change. Often these changes have been calamitous. Changes for the good can be quite easy to adapt to. But changes that are frightening, overwhelming, and life changing are difficult to accept, even though I know God’s promises. These bring a battle of letting go, yielding, and trusting that God really will orchestrate this for our good, no matter how bleak the change appears.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 CSB). This is the rock solid assurance.
Believing God’s promises requires faith. I don’t come to this place of acceptance easily. I sweat blood. My nights are tormented, my sleep disturbed, my prayers anguished, reviewing the what ifs and the if only’s, while simultaneously reminding myself of the good that God has worked through our trials in the past. Still, I often have a difficult time arriving at “Not my will but Thine be done.” But when I do, I find relief and joy again, no matter the circumstances.
How about you?