Fresh and new without being tainted, but can you just tell when change is around the
I certainly hope that this new year brings some welcome and expected changes. I have prayed and committed my future towards that hopeful end, while also knowing that...my hoped-for changes might not be in God's plan.
Oh what a throat-lump to swallow.
It isn't what I like to dwell on...who really likes to think about what they will do if God shuts that door and says no? But there really doesn't need to be much "thinking" involved, does there? It's God's answer. Period. And He's got something better in store.
Several weeks ago I learned of some changing news. Nothing directly in my life, but the ripples of this change do make a difference to me. And I admit it: I gulped. Big time. Could I still do this? I wasn't sure. I mean, this change affected everything I had planned for the next several months.
God, why do I have to try and figure this out on my own?
Yes. I stopped there. Hyperventilating and all, I paused. Did God tell me I was going to do this on my own?
Does He expect me to do this project all on my own?
I think 2014 is bringing change. I don't know what yet or when it will happen, but it's coming. It'll be scary changes and yet oh-so-good changes. It'll involve growing pains and smiles of joy. But no matter what, good or bad, God knows what is happening. Here and now and ten minutes or ten months from now.
Why do we as humans worry and fixate on that which we cannot control? Even if we could, why would we want to? Change is going to happen. It's only when we resist and fight our way into this change that it becomes the most painful. What we love and what we have is constantly in a state of flux. Children grow up and move away. Good co-workers come and go. People retire or change careers. Friends grow apart and life just...changes.
2014 is going to be full of changes. Good and bad. The question is: what do you intend to do about them? There's nothing you can do to stop them from coming, but instead maybe we need to be praising God for the moment we have and soak up every second of it. Instead of fighting the change that will surely bring good and not evil, just as His Word promises.