Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
When it comes to the subject of changing our lives, we all feel the same as we feel about going to heaven: We’re all for it, but we’d rather not go through what we have to go through to get there! The idea of change sounds good, but when it gets right down to it, we think, “You mean I actually have to live differently? No way!” The thing about change though is that it is inevitable because the only constant in life is change.
The story is told about four characters in a book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” who reacted differently to change. These characters showed up to a building everyday that had an abundance of cheese, but then one day when they showed up, the cheese ran out. Two of the characters immediately jumped to action and pivoted and as such they went in search of cheese elsewhere. The other two characters started complaining and decided that they would show up to the same building everyday hoping that they would miraculously find cheese. They felt like it was their right and someone was being unfair to them. One day, one of the characters recognized that he had to change his thinking and pivot just like the other two characters(who found an abundance of cheese on their journey). This change transformed him as he went into the unknown and found out things about life and himself that he did not know before. He eventually found an abundance of cheese and went back and told his friend, but his friend refused to embrace the thought of moving anywhere else. Crazy right?
The scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that life is ever changing and that there are things in this life that are not pleasant. We are encouraged though to adapt to the changes in our life and emerge victorious instead of remaining stagnant and afraid of change. This is so because we have a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of our lives and it takes us out of our comfort zones. The good news is that God has a plan for your life that includes hope, immeasurable strength, and prosperity. We need to learn to trust in God and allow the change to transform us as we become more like Jesus Christ.
Life Application: Identify an area of your life that you know ought to change but you are scared to confront or move away from. Make the steps necessary to make the change.
Prayer: Dear Lord, it’s scary to change. It’s frightening to let go of what I know so well and step into the unknown. However, I forget sometimes that I am not stepping out alone. Nor am I stepping into an unsafe place, I am going where You guide and where You are. Help me to trust in You even when I feel unsure or scared. Thank you for being there for me in this way, In Jesus name, Amen.