I know, it’s been a while. What can I say? Life happens. Change happens. 2020 happens.
These past 6 months have been some of the busiest and craziest of my life! Between getting engaged and beginning the wedding planning process, starting a new job, beginning my 2nd (and FINAL) year of grad school, along with some other personal events that have taken precedence, and not to mention all while a FREAKING PANDEMIC IS HAPPENING… let’s just say “it’s been a year”.
A year full of many many changes. And not just for me. For everyone.
Before this year, I did not handle change well. At all. I’m still no expert at it by any means, but this year really has helped me grow and become more resilient in the face of ever-changing circumstances.
For those of you who, like me, dread change, I want to share with you some great lessons I have learned and grown from due to change and due to this crazy year of 2020. So, I’ll just jump right in. Here we go.
Lessons we can learn from seasons of change
Seasons come and seasons go. We can always count on that. Summer fades into fall, fall into winter, winter into spring. Spring saunters back into summer and the cycle continues. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in, seasons are evident.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” -Ecclesiastes 3:1
It’s inevitable: change happens. We can perceive change as positive: better job offers, pregnancy and the miracle of birth, children moving out, new friendships, going to college, etc. We can also perceive change as negative: job loss, diagnosis of an illness, death, children moving out, friendships ending, or divorce/separation.
Cycles continue, life progresses and change happens.
Whether positive or negative, change usually brings with it feelings of fear, anxiety, indecision, tension, confusion, and even hopelessness. Our emotions are a part of the change. Seasons of change can last for a few weeks, a few months, and sometimes even years (thanks 2020!).
Change lasting longer than expected can often be agonizing. Oftentimes, we lose heart or vision during seasons of change, because it doesn’t appear anything is happening.
We have to learn to trust God with change
Don’t get me wrong, learning to trust God with change can be incredibly challenging. There is a sense of tension that creeps in when we are in the middle of change. Living in between what was and the hope of what is yet to come is so hard. But if we want to grow through it, we have to learn that we can trust God with change, even when we don’t see the end.
Psalm 37:34 tells us, “Don’t be impatient for The Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along His pathway and, in due season, He will honor you with every blessing.”
As we navigate the unsettling waters of learning to trust God with change, we have to decide where we are going to place our trust and anchor our faith. We can look at many biblical examples to see how different individuals navigated change (Ruth, Mary and Joseph, Moses, etc.). Some of those biblical figures made it through as they put their trust in God, while others got lost on the path to their destination.
We CAN trust God with change…
Because He is the same: yesterday, today, and forever.
Because He is a good God.
Because His Word tells us that His plan for us is to prosper us and not to harm us.
Because He knows the end from the beginning.
Because His promises are yes and amen.
And because the opposite of trusting God is trusting ourselves, making ourselves into god and that leads us on a slippery slope into hopelessness.
Change will happen. Seasons will come and seasons will go. The question is, what will we anchor our souls on to so that we, along with our loved ones, are not swept away by the tides of change?