As we grow in Christ, God continues to remold us and reshape us into something new. In life, change is necessary to pursue new opportunities. It is not always easy nor is it always voluntary. Change happens no matter we like it or not.
Currently, I have been put in a position to seek an involuntary change. I did not realize what I was leaving behind until I took the first steps in a new direction. But, at the same time, I cannot return to what was. Change is a must.
I find that with change there is a moment when we grieve what was left behind as we gradually adjust to the newness of life. There are exciting moments and sad moments blended together. Even though a new adventure is exciting, it comes with the unknowns — the awkwardness.
The Bible tells us change is not to be feared. Deuteronomy 31:6 says for us to “be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” God is with us and guiding us on where we should go. We need to put our trust in Him and take another step forward into the unknown. Jeremiah 29:11 declares that “‘God’ know[s] what [he is] doing. ‘He has’ it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
When change occurs, we become anxious. Our emotions are scattered. Our old life seems to be fading away with every step we take. What was familiar is not familiar anymore. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to “fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” The Bible instructs us to pray instead of worry. It also tells us to praise God through the difficult times. He will see us through every situation.
God says to “forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new” (Isaiah 43:20) As we embrace the new and leave behind the “old”, we will see God working in our lives like never before. We will have a closer relationship with God during the journey. We will become stronger as we walk into a new chapter of our lives. Yes, it may be scary but, the end result is worth it.
(Scripture – The Message Version)