‘Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.’Robin Sharma
Change can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. We have all experienced some form of change at some point in our lives, usually after receiving an unexpected call or news, a decision that’s been made, sudden loss or an opportunity that arises.
There are instances when we have made the decision for change to take place. Most of the time change is involuntary. Life happens and things go differently from what we planned or imagined. It can feel like being on a runaway train. You can see it happening but you cannot stop or jump off it. All you can do is to ride it out and see where it takes you.
What is it that makes change so uncomfortable? Is it the fact that it causes you to lose grip of the known? We tend to get frustrated when we find ourselves stuck in a repetitious cycle of daily mundane tasks. We complain and long for something new. However, when the change comes looking different from what we imagined, we get anxious and get tempted to revert to the comfort of what we know.
Familiarity is comfortable, predictable, known. You know what to expect and how to prepare for it. On the contrary, change is uncomfortable, unpredictable and unknown. It’s like walking into muddy water. You can see it but not through it. The only way to find out what is inside it is to go into it. The good news is that God has a plan for your life– to give you hope and a prosperous future. Change makes you vulnerable and it is in vulnerable times that God can mold us the most. It is a great opportunity for growth.
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ Hebrews 13:8 NIV
No matter what changes in and around us, one thing remains the same – who God is. The Lord our God is sovereign above all. Jesus Christ died on the cross and paid for us to be in close relationship with God. It is finished. Nothing that happens today or tomorrow changes who God is. Nothing can separate us from His love. He said He will ever leave us or forsake us. Nothing can overcome us because He is with us.
There is no mountain too high for God to carry us over. There is no sea too wide or too deep for God to part the water so we can cross it. We are spoken for. He goes before us and prepares the way before He even calls us to the next promised land. When God moves us there are no guarantees that it will be challenge-free, but it is promised that He will work all things out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His will. Nothing that is happening on this earth is new to God. He foresaw everything that we are seeing around us and He is never shaken. If we hang on to Him when everything around us is shaken, we too will become unshakeable. He has already put in place all that’s needed to steer us in the direction of His plan.
It’s important to make sure you are discerning where the Holy Spirit is guiding you. It’s not always easy to tell the difference between your own voice and the Lord’s when under pressure. Remember that His voice brings peace and clarity. He does not mince His words. He’s not an ‘if, but or maybe’ God and neither is He a God of confusion. So if the is nudging you and you find yourself confused and unsure what exactly He is saying you must do, there is a possibility that you are allowing another voice or other voices to interfere. Don't allow the enemy to distract you from seeing the new thing God is doing in your life. Change may be hard at first, messy in the middle, but when the Lord is in it, there is much beauty to look forward to in the end.
- Pause, Breathe, Listen
- Ask yourself where God is in the situation. If necessary, picture yourself in a room and imagine where God is in that moment. Allow His presence to comfort you.
- Don’t fight it or try to understand it. Lean on the Lord and not your own plans. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.’ Proverbs 19:21
- Remember that God is in it with you.
- Believe in yourself. There is nothing you cannot overcome with the Lord by your side.
- Allow yourself to be transformed in the change.
- Focus on moving forward and not on what used to be.
- Think and speak positively. The power of life and death is in the tongue so make a conscious decision to only speak life at all times.
Remember all the times God has been faithful in the past. He came through for you then, He can do it again.