Life is full of change whether we are prepared or not. Some change we expect, other times it catches us off guard. I have recently found myself in the midst of numerous changes that I was not prepared for, yet I had to immediately shift my thinking and adjust my mindset to embrace the change that could not be avoided.
We know that the work of God is quick and even though we may know that God is preparing us for change we don’t have an expected date , but He does tell us that we have an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The end of something is better than the beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
The beginning of anything worth having takes work. We work on relationships. We work to prove ourselves on a new job. We work to build a business. We work to lose weight. We work to change our attitude. Everything we do we work towards a goal or expected end. We look forward to the result of hard work as we dread the beginning of it.
The first day of something is always the hardest. It’s not until we decide to “just do it” and jump all the way in do we begin to believe something different than what our current circumstance presents. Once we take our first step we have three choices: we can back track, we can stand still or we can keep moving. So even when we find ourselves unexpectedly in the midst of change, we still have those same three choices. We either run to the familiar, we stop in shock, or we progress and embrace the change that may be just what God knew we needed to continue to fulfill our purpose.
Our perception of change makes all the difference in the world. In the change that I have recently experienced I have decided to embrace it and allow it to propel me further into the life that God wants for me. I thought about returning to familiarity but I quickly reminded myself of Lot’s wife. I considered thinking that this must be the end and that I would just have to settle.
Ultimately, I convinced myself that I cannot interfere with the hand of God. If change is what I need, who else could give it to me and it be guaranteed to be for my good? So, the next time you find yourself in the midst of change, what do you do?