Saturday, May 5, 2012

Embracing Change by Nina Keegan -Owens

It seems one of the only guarantees we have in this life, is that change is inevitable. God however does not change, He is our constant, our rock! He is a fortress in times of trouble. His love for us will never change!!!
People, circumstances, life, will be always and forever changing, sometimes those changes are expected and welcomed, but most of the time change carries with it some dreaded fears and anxieties, it's like peering around the corner to see what change will bring but you can't see anything, or reading a long book and there is no ending. We just can't see the forest through the trees. We all wish we could sit down in a comfy chair, pen in hand, and write the script ourselves. Start to finish.. This is how the story ends. We want the crystal ball, just a peek...just one hint.

We must learn to embrace change. Where would we be without it? Still stuck in the 1950's when computers were the size of a truck, no smart phones, modern medicines and technologies or even before that when cars and modern transportation did not exist... It's coming no matter what, we can't fight it, it's on its way, just like it always has been. We need to grasp change and face it head on, take ownership of every situation, and know that whatever the changes you are going through right now, good or bad, they too will change.
With change comes growth, maturity, wisdom.. With each change we take on, endure, and conquer, we become more equipped. We quite often have a hard time when we have to step outside the box and are removed from our comfort zones. When we go through changes and face new challenges, we are simultaneously gathering precious fragments of information, gaining valuable life experiences, tidbits and particles of every change we go through cling to us like a magnet, creating us, and shaping us into the very person we were created to be.
We have all heard the expressions,"go with the flow" or "roll with the changes", we must do just that. Change can be a golden opportunity for us. God knows what He is doing! We may need a gentle nudge, a little coaxing here and there to get us moving and changing. Sometimes we just need to get pushed out of the nest so we can learn to fly.

We can all look back at our lives and see countless times when we were facing major changes and now, how differently we see those same situations. We can see just how necessary those changes were, that they happened for a very specific reason. We can now see how it all added up, that A+B does not always = C. Sometimes there are a few other letters thrown in just to keep us on our toes, to keep us playing our best game, to keep us motivated to persevere through it all and to become our best selves. We begin to understand how changes lead us out of something that was wrong for us or how it was a beautiful gift on a silver platter, but we just did not recognize it at the time. Sometimes things are good for a season but then it's time to move on, think of your life as a fabulous expedition. There are many treasures in your life yet to be unearthed. Many treasures that are very valuable to the purposes for which you were created.

We would never want to be sitting still while the world and all its constant changes races passed us leaving us in the dust. We must grab hold of change, put our running shoes on and get in the race too. No finish lines here, not in this race but there are plenty of beautiful places and wonderful people and an abundance of fabulous things to enjoy along the way. If we happen to stumble or fall down while we are running our race, God will be there to pick us up, and to carry us straight through to whatever the next changes in our lives will be.
If you look at it this way, there will always be somethings about your life you can change, we can always better ourselves, we can strive to learn more, stay healthy, be more positive, work harder towards our goals, but there are many things we simply have no control over. We must accept those changes and not stress over things we can't do anything about anyway. It is a huge waste of precious time trying to manipulate change. Have faith and let God be God and let Him handle what we can't.

In James1:7 it says, Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the father of the heavenly lights who does not CHANGE.

So while we are in the midst of uncertainty and maybe feeling quite uncomfortable with all the changes going on around us, we can relax with the knowledge that God is right there walking us through it, He will never change, He is the same yesturday, today and tomorrow. We have no need He will not meet, no problem He cannot solve, while change is inevitable, His presence is constant!!!
His love for us will never change!!!

Serenity prayer written by
Reinhold Niebuhr 1930's

Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!!!!!

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