Ponderings: Change

We’re never really ready for change, and yet, change is inevitable. Change is constantly occurring. Change happens when we least expect it. This is what I have been pondering lately: How do I deal with changes? I realized recently, not very well. I had an impression of myself that I was much better about coping with changes than I actually am. I had this idea that I actually liked change and that change had no adverse affects on me. But that’s just not true.

The truth is that change, even if it is a “good” change, is stressful. Why? I think maybe it is because all change is meant to bring about growth in some way, whether in our spiritual life, our relationships, or elsewhere. Change means we’re being given the opportunity to mature.

Sadly, when we resist, we prolong the process of maturity. And some of us never give up fighting to keep things as they are, becoming like a stunted, sickly tree who struggles to grow and produce good fruit.

I don’t want to fight change. I want to ride the wave of change with grace, surrender, acceptance, and anticipation.

Lord, help us to put our trust in you, and lean not on our own understanding. Help us look for ways to be invite you to show us situations from Your perspective. We know if we can do that, it’s all going to work out just fine.