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Change: God’s Way!

Posted by Cinda On April - 16 - 2013

womensharing2Do you have a friend where neither time nor distance could ever diminish the closeness or Christ-like love you have for one another? And when you do come together after a long period of separation, it’s as though no time had lapsed at all. There’s always lots of laughter, memories relived, and a bond that few could understand. And when it comes time to part, you share a hug with the promise of seeing each other again. I know of such friends. But the last time they bestowed the “see you again” promise, it was different. You see, in less than 24 hours, one of them would be on a plane flying cross-country, moving to be closer to her two grown sons and their young families. She was leaving a town she’d known for over eighteen years and friends that she saw as family.

They decided to meet in a restaurant they had frequented from time to time for coffee to say their good-byes. Ellen sat at a table facing the door anxiously awaiting her friend’s arrival. Moments later, she walked through the door looking radiant; so different from the last time Ellen saw her when she looked so tired and uncertain of the future. The worry lines that defined her face had been erased and were replaced by a beaming smile. Staring back at Ellen was the face of someone who had struggled with indecision and was now savoring a certain kind of victory.

contemplation3During my quiet time that evening, I thought about some of the changes in my own life and in the lives of my loved ones. Some of those changes were life-affirming and exciting, while others challenged the very core of our beliefs and understanding. Some of those changes we initiated, while others were thrust upon us. But, the ultimate impact of change on our lives was how we responded to those changes. Often the changes we choose to make are birthed from life experiences that include some level of unrest or dissatisfaction. Look at the number of self-help books in the library or at the bookstore that were written to help you weigh your choices as you contemplate change in your life and help you develop a strategy for making it happen. Bottom line, no book or person can truly help you with the biggest challenge of letting go of the old so you can grab hold of the new. There is only One who can.

Don’t be paralyzed by the act of indecision. Take the leap of faith and let God be God in your life. Seek Him through His Word, in prayer, and allow Him to direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6 Remember, changes are a part of every day life but with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can face them courageously, with conviction, and with the confidence that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

By the way, I asked Ellen if she ever learned what the defining moment was that moved her friend from defeat and uncertainty to hope and confidence in her decision. She said it was when she surrendered all of her tomorrows into the Lord’s hands. There were times when she took a step backwards into the old habits of worry and trying to handle things on her own, but she always held onto the belief that she could do all things through Christ who strengthened her. Philippians 4:13 And this led to an indescribable peace “that surpassed all understanding”. Philippians 4:7

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