I will probably be one of the first to say that I didn't always like change. It used to throw me off and make me respond rather dramatically as a kid. When my dad would get new glasses, I would be so upset and express how much I disliked them. It's now a few years later and I have learned a few tricks that have helped me to not get thrown off guard. Here are three:
1. Learn about God's will and make it yours.
When Chris and I first thought about moving to Philly, it was rather shocking and out of the blue. Days before we were quite content with being where we were. We had a nice little home, family close by, and a very good church family. At the same time, we decided to look to God for what He wanted and it meant leaving our church and family for the unknown. Because we knew He wanted to us to go, we could rest easy and think of it as an adventure! To this day we have been extremely blessed by being here and have made so many friends and connections it's crazy! We still feel very secure in the decision we made, though it was a big change.
2. Make change an adventurous journey.
Like I said earlier because God is in control it has been a lot easier to think about each step of the way as an adventure. We are constantly wondering what God has planned next. Instead of feeling afraid of the future and all of the changes that will definitely come, we anticipate the places that God will take us. Because of how He has provided in the past and brought us through, we know He has much to give in the future. Even if that adventure comes with struggle, so much beauty and depth can be realized, which no one can take away from us.
3. Fully understand what it means to grow.
With change comes growth. No matter the circumstances, growth happens. It makes you evaluate your life and consider the possibilities. It rewires your mind for better or for worse. Instead of growing angry or resentful with the change, think about how the experiences you are going through can rewire your mind for greater things. As sinful human beings it's easy to get caught up in selfish thinking, but when we consider change, it allows us to look at the road and decide which way we want to go. Do you want to become more like Christ or more self-absorbed?
Now that it is autumn, I am quite reflective. It got me to thinking about how the seasons between summer and winter prep me. Autumn is one of my favorites, and besides loving all the colors, it makes me ponder life and where I am at. It also gets me ready for colder temps and shorter days. Then in the spring we get fresh green sprouts and warmer days. God is so good in giving us transitions between the change. He isn't one to just throw growth at us where we can't handle it. Sometimes I think that I can't handle what comes my way, but when I look back I realize that God prepped me. Just like the autumn.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. - 1 Corinthians 15:10
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13