I tend to like change. Until it actually happens.
My sister is more realistic. She doesn’t like change, and she knows it. I’m a bit more all over the place. When a potential life change looms on the horizon, I get excited—perhaps it’s the latent pioneer girl in me. Then it actually hits: starting at a new school, going overseas to Oxford, England, for a semester, having my little sister go off to college. And I collapse in confusion and tears, wishing everything would go back to the comfy way it was before.
I know, rather pitiful.
The past year or so has brought huge changes for my family. Moving to a new home after our grandmother passed away. My sister graduating homeschool high school and heading off to university. Our Christian theater company going on hiatus. Health challenges. New opportunities and relationships, good and exciting, but still sometimes scary.
And I remember how I’ve often reacted to change in the past. Time and again the Lord has reminded me not to look back after putting my hand to the plow, as I tend to do that all too often. Not because the changes He brings aren’t good, but because even when they are, I still tend to be a Much-Afraid.
What about you? Are you facing changes right now, good ones or perhaps hard ones? Or maybe changes that are both…they often seem to be.
My mom has told me how, when she came back to the States and dealt with reverse culture shock after living in France for a year in college, she felt like she was standing on the beach in the surf’s edge, feeling the ground literally sucked from under her feet by the undertow. But how in the midst of so much shifting, Jesus was her Rock.
What I need to do in these times of change is look to Him too, who always remains His faithful Self, “though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:2)
For He promises us:
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.
~I Samuel 2:2
And David’s beautiful song of rejoicing:
I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold…
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure…
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
~Psalm 18:1-2, 31-32, 46
Are you facing change right now? How has He been your Rock in shifting sands of the past?