Saturday, April 25, 2009

Musings on Change

(This was written for the "ministry moment" of the Belhaven theatre department newsletter and edited some to make it more relevant to a wider audience)

Change. It’s a word that carries a lot of connotations with it. Depending on your personality or experiences, the word may carry pleasant or difficult memories with it. Some people thrive on things that are new, exciting, and always changing. Others are happy if things will simply stay the way that they are. Like it or not, however, change is a part of life.

As this semester winds to a close, change of some kind is ahead for each of us.Some will be graduating, and going on to jobs or further training. For many, summer jobs and/or summer classes will fill the months ahead. Some will be home with family, while others will go on to new and exciting places for the summer. While many will be going back to their same school next fall, others, such as myself, may be transitioning to new educational opportunities and experiences. Whether you’re venturing into the unknown, staying home, or returning to a somewhat familiar place, next year will be different.

Change is an inevitable part of life.Whether or not you enjoy change, we do have Someone we can cling to, a Savior Who will never change. Yet, while our God doesn’t change, there are always new things to learn and discover in our relationship with Him, which guarantees that He won’t ever stagnate or become boring. Through the highs and lows of life, our God remains a Rock to provide stability and a Refuge to protect us when the storms of change rage. Psalm 62:1-2 reminds us where we should go to find strength: “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken.”

The future can often seem uncertain and unclear, especially when big changes are on the horizon. Yet, no matter where we are headed, if we are following God, we have a great promise that we will never be left alone. “For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our Guide even to the end” (Psalm 48:14). We don’t have to worry about what the changes will bring to our life, for God will work out His purposes in our lives in amazing ways. We needn’t fear, for “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Miss Anna, you definitely have a gift for writing! I am one of those people that often does not like change and need to be reminded every now and then that change is a wonderful and necessary thing. Thanks for posting. God Bless you!

Anonymous said...

I barely recognize myself a month ago... I wonder what I will look like in a year?

Wonderful thoughts, Anna.