Change is a part of my life at the moment. Having made a big move to Wales eight years ago, life had settled down into a more sensible routine. Then this year, a season of transition arrived. In January, we couldn’t have foreseen that this year was going to be any different. However, changes in family circumstances, jobs, finances and the church have made me feel unsure about what is happening and why.
It is very reassuring to know that God is unchanging. His love for us remains constant throughout every circumstance, and the Holy Spirit is there to guide us, even through stormy seas. Why is it then, that change is such a constant in our lives? It seems to me that God created the world with a mechanism for growth and change. One aspect is simply to do with our physical aging. The baby grows into the child, then the adult, and then experiences the transition into old age. No one can stay the same, even if they have a portrait of themselves in the attic. 🙂
(I saw a film a year or so back about someone who stopped aging. It made me realise that the only thing worse than growing old would be not growing old, whilst those around you still did.)
Change in life is unavoidable and is a sign that we are really alive. God uses the changes to develop our trust in him and our understanding that our lives are part of a much bigger picture. A job that we struggle with may help to shape our character and prepare us for what is ahead. Or it might be part of God’s plan to have us meet and come alongside a particular person. In most cases, we are unaware of why we go through the experiences we do. But what we can be assured of is that God loves us enough to help refine us so that we become more like Jesus every day.