Change…few things cause as much anxiety as change. Think back on your life for a minute, and think about every big change you’ve experienced. Some changes give negative anxiety, and some give an excited anxiety. I can think of several times in my life when I had excited anxiety, those were times when I was working towards goals, but the uncertainty gave me a little bit of the jitters. I felt this way when I moved from my home state 11 years ago, and again 3 years ago when we went to live in a country where we didn’t speak the language. It was exciting, but it was also difficult, lonely, isolating and completely unfamiliar.
The Bible gives us such words of comfort in these times.
Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”(ESV)
Isn’t it interesting that it doesn’t say “If you pass through”? We all know that God knows what lies ahead, so He is just giving us the courage we need to get through the changes that come into our lives in a practical manner. This is often the same vote of confidence we offer our kids when they are scared of change, just a reminder that we are by their side. It is a beautiful word picture of our Father holding our hand.
I cannot address change, without also addressing those who are currently in very deep trenches. Those who have been diagnosed with cancer, or whose child has been diagnosed with something that is a mountain you have no idea how to climb (but everyone and their brother has their opinions of how you should climb it ), or the death of a loved one, etc. These are deep valleys, and we are so fortunate to have a God who loves us and cares for us. For those of you who are here, I pray you will be overwhelmed with the peace of God in your deep trenches, as He is still there loving you every step of the way. If we are honest, we have all been there a time or two.
As I sit here writing to all you lovely ladies, I think about some exciting changes in my life recently, and also about some that may be ahead that I might not find as exciting. I’m grateful that God is with me, no matter the outcome! It’s amazing to see how God grows us through change in retrospect. Some of the biggest changes we experience, shape us for ministry, make us who we are today, and make us able to speak into lives that God plans for us to be a part of in the future.
So, as we begin a new season of this year, may you be fearless about whatever change lies ahead, because …
He’s got this!