Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2
Change is an inevitable part of the cycle of life. We are born as defenseless infants and the months that follow are full of all kinds of change…trying to get our days and nights straight, trying to learn the new world in which we now exist and crying, the view is through a baby’s eyes and we know that babies can’t fully focus their eyes until they’re 3-4 months old. That fuzzy looking lady will feed us, holding our bottle, smiling just because, trying to talk, tummy time, crawling to walking and eventually feeding ourselves. From infancy we graduate to toddlerhood, then to preschoolers, to adolescence, young adulthood, early, middle and late adulthood, then on to our golden years where we look back and reflect on all of the changes our life has succumbed to. Some changes are wanted and others occurring by default. No matter how much we don’t want IT, CHANGE comes and tells us to put our big girl panties on and suck it up.
In my life change has taken many forms…poverty to middle class back to poverty and the upward climb back to middle class status. Change has resulted in a level of wisdom that only comes when it is allowed to teach the life lessons God wants us to learn. I bucked at change for a long time and asked God why the situations, circumstances and people in my life remained the same. He lovingly told me that I was acting like those stubborn Israelites and would continue in that 40 year traverse in the valley as long as I chose not to accept and embrace change. See, God uses change to sharpen our spirit, grit and resolve against the darts the enemy throws our way.
Change grows you up in God’s family and brings about a mature woman in Christ. Change is scary, yet so worth the risks involved. Another thing worth noting is that God already knows the paths in which change will take you. He knows everything you’ll encounter along that journey down Change Street. He also knows whether you’ll chicken out or wholly trust Him as change saturates every fiber of your life. He doesn’t bring anything to you that He can’t guide and see you through. Trust that change will lead to higher heights and sometimes painful times as He strips you to the core and refines you in life’s fire. As He removes people, places and things from your life, TRUST His perfect design. A close friend reminded me that God is the creator of all things…ha…God is the creator of change in accordance to His divine plan for your life…chew on that for a minute.