For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved change. You know, a new phone case, rearrange the bedroom, try a new drink at Starbucks, paint an old dresser a bright new color. Change is so fun, right guys!? But then in the past couple of years, change somehow became something scary. Changing medical insurance, buy a new car, find an apartment, move to a new city, change jobs… and as it turns out, I don’t like change one bit! I like the comfort of familiarity. I like knowing my routine and sticking to it. And when a curveball comes my way, a change I wasn’t planning on, my natural response is panic.
These past few months have seen a lot of change for our family, and I would be lying to say my heart hasn’t had a few freak out moments. My natural, human response is to question God. “Uh God… what are you doing!? This isn’t what we talked about!” I’ve become so comfortable with this season of life that unexpected changes have rocked me so much more than they should. Some days there’s a scared little girl inside of me that wants to go hide in my closet where it’s comfortable and familiar, where the world can’t get to me, where I can hide from change. But God hasn’t called us to worry about the changes and curveballs, He calls us to trust in Him and promises to meet our needs.
In Psalm 55, David sings, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” During this season of change, this verse is such a beautiful anchor for me. David reminds us that we have a great and compassionate God who longs for us to rest in Him. We can cast our burdens on Him and He promises to sustain us. He won’t give us more than we can handle, He won’t allow us to be moved. Instead of choosing to fear the changes that come our way, we ought to embrace them, cast our hurts and fears on the Lord, and then watch and see how He will sustain us. No matter where life takes us, we will never be separated from the love of God. So I have to stop and ask myself, why am I so afraid of change? Who knows if this change won’t be the best blessing the Lord has ever given me!
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