There’s a Jimmy Buffett song about changes and the chorus goes like this:
These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes,
Nothing remains quite the same.
Through all of the islands and all of the highlands,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
Ministry life, if nothing else, changes. My senior pastor husband and I have served at our church 25 years, and I can guarantee the only thing that stayed the same is the church’s name and address!
We know change is inevitable, but how we respond to change can define where we stand in our trusting God. We are in a season of change right now, and my recurring theme to my husband is, “we are trusting God, either you is, or you ain’t!”
“When I graduate from high school or college.” “When I get married.” “When we have children.” “When the children grow up.” “When my job changes.” “When the kids get married.” “When we have grandchildren.” “When we retire.” We are so busy waiting for things to change, we miss out on the NOW.
Jesus said the enemy wants to seek, kill and destroy us, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Satan wants us to be defeated in this world, to walk around as if we have no hope because our trials and burdens and changes defeat us. But Jesus also said that He has come to give us life, and life to the FULL. So, when we are unsatisfied with the now, we are buying into Satan’s lie that we deserve things to be different; we cannot trust God. Our joy cannot be based on our circumstances, which change all the time. Our joy must be based on our relationship with God, who never changes.
Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”