by Emily Conrad
Change isn’t my favorite, and I don’t mean only bad changes.
Even a good change can leave me feeling unsettled and apprehensive.
Maybe the thoughts that tempt me will sound familiar to you, too.
Is this new thing as good as I think it’ll be? Am I navigating these uncharted waters correctly? I could fail. I could fail spectacularly.
With thoughts like those, it’s no wonder new things that come by change become extra scary.
But there’s another way.
You know what those words could all describe?
Actually, it’s more of a Who: God.
That entire reel of spiraling thoughts I wrote out above is I-focused. Every sentence used the pronoun at least once.
Since I’m a flawed human in need of God’s rescue, of course I’m unsettled when I think and act like successfully adjusting to change depends on me.
But when I set my mind on the perfect God who can do all things, peace follows.
Is this new thing good? becomes God is working all things for good (see Romans 8:28).
Am I navigating these waters correctly? becomes God is with me and will lead me, even through these waters (see Isaiah 43:2).
I could fail becomes I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13, NET)
I could fail spectacularly becomes There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1, NET).
And once I start on Scripture like this, more and more truths come to mind. They come in bits and pieces, phrases committed to memory from childhood church activities and personal study, but quick searches lead me to the full verses and passages, which in turn plant life-giving truth to combat all my negative thoughts:
That as I follow God, I have nothing to fear–certainly the changes I face are no match for the power of my Lord.
Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak to deliver you;
his ear is not too deaf to hear you. Isaiah 59:1, NET
These are uncertain times. Like me, you might face a mix of changes, some good, some challenging. Or, yours might seem to skew one way or the other.
If you feel unsettled and anxious, join me in focusing not on what you can do for yourself, but rather on what our God is doing on our behalf as we draw close to Him.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you!
When we’ve put our faith in Jesus, no matter the uncertainties and changes we face, we remain secure in His unchanging love.
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