Thursday, July 05, 2007

changes in life

Sometimes change comes hard for humans. Of course change is a part of life, and in it we can find God's hand to mold us more and more into the image of Christ if we only look for that. As we look for that, we can learn to thank God even for those things we don't like about the adjustments and perhaps sacrifices we have to make.

When I think of the life of faith as portrayed in Scripture in people's lives, including the life of Jesus, it is one full of change. Change was constant, but also God was and is constant in the midst of all our changes. As we live in the way of the Lord, the way of Christ, we can be assured of God's help in the midst of the certain uncertainty of life.

What about you? What has helped you in the inevitable changes in your life?

5 comments:

Ted Gossard said...

I'm thinking here too of minor changes, like the kind we encounter that interrupt our preplanned lives. Sometimes viewed by us as minor nuisances, though we must not settle for that.

And I think here too of being open to major changes in our lives, be it vocational, etc.

Nathanael said...

I'm far from a mathematician, but our Lord gave me a math analogy once.
If I have a bunch of fractions that are all different, what do I need to do to add them together and solve the equation? Right, I need to find the lowest common denominator.

Life throws many crazy fractions my way. A lot of them fly in the face of my common sense. I can't figure them out. They don't add up...until I find the lowest common denominator in each fraction. And that is, "my Father loves me, I can trust Him." When I reduce any of life’s fractions to this denominator, it suddenly makes the numerator more manageable.
And even better, things start adding up. I don't necessarily understand how and why, but I know that my heavenly Father loves me, He knows what is best for me, and I can trust His character and His promises.

It's far from perfect...but it helps this simpleton.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Ted:

Thanks for this post. I have experienced much change lately and I am having my ups and downs. I always try to remind myself that all of time is a gift that God does not owe us; so these moments of change are gifts God gives for new opportunities.

Ted Gossard said...

Nathanael, I like that. It rings true, that's for sure. God is true and is love, even when life doesn't seem to add up, or seems even a minus. We can depend on him in the end.

Ted Gossard said...

Allan, I know you're facing the challenge of being moved to another pastorate as is the custom in your denomination, and I see good in that, but much challenge since that is such a major change for everyone. I lift you up in prayer right now, brother.

Yes, our times are in God's hands and that's good.