Change. It’s a word that can evoke a myriad of emotions. In our fast-paced, ever-evolving world, change is inevitable. It can be challenging, uncomfortable, and at times, downright scary. Yet, as believers, we know that God uses change to mold us, shape us, and bring us closer to His divine purpose for our lives.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Change is not an adversary to be feared but a vehicle for growth and transformation. Let’s explore how.
Trusting in God’s Plan:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I recall a time when my wife, Amy, and I were expecting our first child. We were young, inexperienced, and honestly, terrified. Yet, throughout the entire process, we held onto the promise in Jeremiah 29:11, trusting that God had a plan for us and our unborn child.
Imagine you’re on a road trip without a map or GPS. You’re driving aimlessly, unsure of where you’re going. This is what life is like without trusting in God’s plan. But when we submit to God, He becomes our divine GPS, guiding us to our intended destination.
Overcoming Fear of Change:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
When I started church planting, fear was a constant companion. The fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of making mistakes. But each time fear crept in, I reminded myself of Joshua 1:9. God was with me, and that made me brave.
Fear is like a dark room where negatives are developed. It magnifies our flaws, insecurities, and doubts. But when we let the light of God’s Word into our lives, it exposes the negatives and reveals a beautiful picture of courage and strength.
Embracing Change as Growth:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2
Early in my pastoral career, I was so focused on fitting the mold of what I thought a pastor should be that I lost sight of who God created me to be. It wasn’t until I embraced change and allowed God to renew my mind that I truly began to grow.
Consider a caterpillar. It begins its life crawling on the ground, but through a process of transformation, it becomes a beautiful butterfly. Similarly, we, too, can experience beauty and growth when we embrace the changes God brings into our lives.
Change is never easy, but it’s a necessary part of our spiritual journey. As we trust in God’s plan, overcome our fears, and view change as an opportunity for growth, we can step into the incredible purpose God has for us.
Remember, God’s plan for you is always good, even when it doesn’t feel like it. So embrace the change, and watch how He transforms your life.