Discoveries Through Change
My husband and I have been though a lot of changes in the last 2 years. The most recent was a move back to north Florida for his new job after living near Atlanta for 8 years. Leaving good friends, our pretty house, and an airport that could take me nonstop to my speaking events was difficult, but we are adjusting.
I believe that God will bring luscious fruit from every season of our lives, even the gloomy ones, if we let him. Therefore, I wanted to explore what I’ve learned during my episodes of change. Here’s what I’ve discovered... perhaps it will help you during your next season.
Christ is the only thing that never changes.
Even when my circumstances vary and everything in my life is different, the love of Jesus is the one constant anchor that stays the same.
God’s Word is my comfort.
I may be worshiping with unfamiliar people in a new denomination, but the steadfast truth in the Holy Word doesn’t shift.
God can meet my needs.
Moving and other losses in life can create a deep sense of loneliness. I still miss my friends. But God is providing a new circle of women for me.
God will use my gifts and former pain for His glory.
I don’t always feel as though I “fit in” this new community, so I’m asking God to reveal a purpose. I’m already sensing his guidance. I stepped forward to lead a women’s Bible study.
Change teaches me compassion.
Major life changes can be a terrific motivator to reach out to others who are hurting. If I take my eyes off of my circumstance and reach out to others, it lessens the anguish.
Pain is pain, no matter the reason.
A few years ago, I discovered that I put the pain of others into categories. Cancer, death, and divorce were listed as significant losses and received greater sympathy. But I had a cavalier attitude about job loss, moving, an ailing parent, or a wayward child. Fortunately, I recognized that all pain is significant and worthy of my prayers and concern.
Good friends are priceless.
I have the most amazing prayer partners and people who care. They are a treasure and truly provide a lifeline for me when I’m discouraged.
This is not my home.
The comfort and assurance that one day I’ll reach my (painless) eternal home is what gives me the greatest joy and hope. It keeps my eyes on Christ and what’s truly important —people.
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