Friday, January 11, 2013

Change is Coming

Change is Coming
Change is Coming

It's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die
'Cause I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Songwriters: Tom White, and Alex White

Very often in life, we are faced with the possibility of change, but at times, we are ill prepared for it. Some changes are good, some necessary, and some unwanted. No matter the reason, change will come in our life.

It’s not only predicated upon how I handle change, but more importantly, my attitude before, during and after the change occurs.

The seasons are a vivid reminder of coming change. Fall turns into winter, winter changes to spring and spring becomes summer. I have often reminded myself that being human, allows me to adapt to changes in weather.

But how often have I remembered this when my change doesn’t involve the weather.

Sometimes, I need to change, but I simply refuse.

Why do I need to change?

My attitude, my words, and my behavior all affect how I respond to change.

I think there are instances when an intervention is a wakeup call for change.

You decide to meet friends for Happy Hour, have a few drinks and on the way home, a policeman stops you because you’re driving erratically. That is an intervention of sorts that perhaps you need a behavioral change.

You pride yourself on saying exactly what needs to be said, no matter what. “I just tell it like it is! I’m just being real!” This time, you went a little too far and now, someone is crushed because you decided being real was more important than relationships.

Unlike most people, you’re gifted to see every dark cloud behind the silver lining. You know whenever something good happens, Murphy’s Law is initiated. You know that bad things happen to people because they did something to deserve it. So when your wife loses her job due to layoffs, you struggle with thoughts that it was something she did to deserve it; instead of being encouraging, supportive and loving.

No matter how many times I read the book of Job, I am always blown away by his attitude. He lost everything that most would say: mattered. Yet, I have to believe that Job was not indifferent to what happened in his life. He lost his wealth, his children and his health but he accepted these changes as adversities which he had no control over. To him, it was important to honor the Lord in the midst of these changes. He even said,

If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.

When I struggle, am I willing to wait until my change comes?

Job speaks of the resurrection when he asks, “If a man dies, will he live again?” It’s as if he is saying, whether the change comes in this life or not, I know the change will happen in the resurrection!

Paul once wrote:

…but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?

So when I am struggling with changing circumstances, I will hope. I may be knocked to the ground but I will hope. Some may tell me to give up but I will hope.

Why?

…I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Christ lives! No matter what happens in my life, that truth gives me hope for change.

MTJ

A Note of Thanks: I would just like to say that I appreciate each of you who visit My Thought-filled Journey. Taking time out of your schedule to read a post on this blog is encouraging to me. Many of those who visit, will from time to time leave a comment. Whether a comment is left is not important. What is important, is that you came. I do hope you find encouragement and inspiration in these words. Please know I will pray with you regarding any circumstance you may be facing. Feel free to write me to say "Hello", request prayer, or share what God is doing in your life. I have not said it enough, but thank you for the light of Chist in your life which illuminates the way for us all.

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2 comments:

Rozalija said...

I am going through a strong spiritual change in my life at the moment and I pray for answers and God always does it but with answers that still keep me searching for more. Maybe that's His plan because the more I look the more I get but I am still lost at knowing who I am in this world exactly. I am learning about the gift of life and it feels so real and true but what is my purpose in all this and what do I do with what I am learning? I have reached a point in my life when something deeper begins to call me. I want to explore and understand my place in this world. It is both challenging and a blessing at times. I am in a phase of personal change and evolution and I try to follow what feels right for me. I put pressure on myself to find a label for who I am in the world and that’s not good. This is a time to flow with what life is presenting me...and I see it as a wonderful and exciting journey. I hope there will come a point where I will begin to understand everything I am experiencing; it's that moment you write about here. Changing is coming! I want to know that I am exactly where I need to be at this very moment. I want to stay in the NOW. I am exploring, questioning, learning and life slowly reveals its amazing gifts to me!

Sherry Obenshain said...

Change is certainly coming and I have gone through so many changes in my life that I should be use to it by now. I am still learning to take one day at a time,minute by minute. Your post is a great encouragement to me. Thank you very much!