The Beauty of Change

Praying

There once was a little girl who cried for hours when her haircut was a few inches shorter than usual. She cried when her family moved, when she changed schools, and when she had to give her clothes to her little sister. When she grew up, she even cried as she waved goodbye to her parents’ house the day of her wedding.

That little girl was me. Every once in a while, even in the middle of joyous occasions, I still look around at my life and realize how different it’s becoming, and I get scared.

I hate change, and I know so many other people who want nothing more than to stay in their comfort zones too, but to be frank with those people and with myself, that is not necessarily what God has called us to.

Look at the people who were really blessed by God in the Bible, the lives which God entered into and worked through in a big way. Saul accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, and his life mission changed from being a leader of the Jewish community to traveling around to Gentiles and preaching the gospel (see the book of Acts). Abraham was told to move away from everything and almost everyone he had ever known (Genesis 12:1). David was changed from a simple shepherd, to being in charge of guiding an entire nation (see 1 and 2 Samuel). God didn’t ask any of these people to stay where they were comfortable, but they have become legendary for their service to Him and because of the impact God made in the world through their willingness to change.

In fact, the whole Christian life is about change. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When we accept that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and then submit to Him as Lord, He transforms us completely. We are told to put off old sins, old habits, our old lifestyle, and to put on an entirely new person (Ephesians 4:22-24). If becoming a “new man” isn’t drastic change, I don’t know what is.

The point is that change isn’t the point. The problem when we resist inevitable, God-ordained change is our attitude, not the change itself. Instead of dwelling on how much we enjoyed the old way of doing things, or on the possible discomfort or difficulties that might come along with changes, we should remember first of all that our God is sovereign. In Isaiah 55, God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We don’t know what God might be doing through the smallest changes, and sometimes we never will. We have to be willing to submit to His sovereignty, to really and truly trust Him with every single aspect of our lives.

Instead of asking God what He is doing, when we whine about changes, we are focused only on ourselves and our comfort. We need to set our sights higher than that.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Try to find where God is working. If you can’t see, then just trust that in His goodness and wisdom, He is.

I’ll try to do the same.

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