[God] knows the well-deliberated plan for your life and how all things must fall into place for you to fulfill you destiny. Beth Moore
It’s one of those times in our military career when we are anticipating a lot of change. Come to think of it, the last six months have been full of adjustments. We had a baby. Caleb is such a blessing, but it’s so much work learning to be a parent and anticipate his needs. We lost my dad. I struggle every day not being able to call him to talk through parenting issues, life plans, and the “pot-holey-ness” of the Las Vegas roads. And now, we anticipate moving to a new place in July.
Each day brings major butterflies, wondering if Keith will get “the” email with our next assignment location. On second thought, I think I’ll rename those proverbial butterflies pterodactyls: they feel giant and vicious.
My unease with the impending transition has made me think a lot about how I have dealt with change in the past and everything I have learned. I have decided I will not face this adjustment with fear, but with peace. I used to convince myself the change was fun and exciting, nothing to worry about. Then the change would occur and I would freak out as if everything were falling apart. I have learned to anticipate change a bit better; it still makes me nervous, but it doesn’t bring me to my knees.
I am comforted by the notion that, while life is so unpredictable and sometimes discouraging, God is always dependable.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV)
That is such a powerful illustration (especially for the scientist in me). Throughout the day, shadows change shape and direction as the sun “moves” (it still kills me that we speak as if the sun is orbiting around us!). The author, James, describes God has being of unchanging character; he does not change, ever. This is such a comfort to me. Life is constantly changing. Whether there are big or small changes in your life, things are rarely stagnant. How would it change your life to trust in a God who has a singular, never-changing character.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
That has always been one of Keith’s favorite verses. Honestly, it never meant much to me until recently. I can depend on Jesus’ character remaining the same. I will trust in this one person who does not shift and move like shadows as time goes on.
My mom sent the following verses this morning. Those of you who knew my dad will understand the significance of them. My dad worked hard through his life to fear (as in deeply respect) God. These are verses that I want to describe my own life. In this season of change, I will allow the light to come “bursting in” and I will not live in dread of inevitable change.
Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing his commands. His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons (and daughters) have a special heritage. He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten. When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful – and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honor. (Psalm 112:1-9 The Living Bible)