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I do not handle change well. It’s uncomfortable and sometimes even painful for me. Friends and co-workers moving on or small changes in my household or work routine cause me difficulty. Even change that I see as good, like going away on a trip, seems to require huge adjustments on my part.
Here’s some irony for you. We are now in my favorite time of year—autumn. The cooler weather, the falling leaves, the beautiful colors really sooth my soul. How can it be that a season all about change is the favorite of a person who finds change extremely difficult?
I tend to forget that change is not always about loss, but about transition—moving from one thing to another. And sometimes the thing we are transitioned to is better. In the case of autumn, we are moved through a time of dying, dormancy, and death in winter to a time of rebirth, growth, and transformation in spring and summer.
When we follow Jesus, he works changes in us. As N.T. Wright puts it, we become people in whose hearts and lives “the Lord has been at work, to heal, to soften, to change, to give life.” When we accept the transformation that God wants to work in us, we also receive the grace and mercy needed to live it out.
Most of us have endured changes that have been very painful. We have lost people we love or experienced major disappointments and hurts. But when we accept God’s leadership in whatever changes or transitions we are experiencing, we can let go of fear and trust that God will give us the power and the will to embrace the transformation He is working in us.
So, it seems that the trouble with transitions is really the trouble with me! I am so thankful that God is my unchanging rock, my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge (Psalm 144:1-2).
“The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).
The Rev. Carol BrooksSupport Groups & Crisis Care
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