I have a million-dollar question for you. What is the six-letter word that is most feared and resisted today? Do you have it? I’ll give you a few more seconds. The word is C H A N G E! Would you not agree?
Recently a friend sent me a slide that said the “Psychology of Change.” And at this time and space of the year 2020, I found what was being said very familiar. Let’s see what you think. Here are some of the questions: "What was wrong with the way we were?" "Who decided?” “What’s going to happen to me?" "How do we decide to make this change?" Does it sound familiar as we begin to open workplaces, churches, stores, restaurants, etc.? If you are not experiencing any of this, then thank God.
Change involves ending something, transitioning to something, and then beginning something new. We wouldn’t have any beautiful flowers or trees if the change process didn’t happen in their GROWTH PROCESS. So, it is for us. Growth can only take place with change and all its challenges, as painful as they may seem. Some changes are easier than others. No chocolate ice cream available? Okay, I’ll take butter pecan. How I re-enter my church is a little bit different. Or, how I attend an event and with how many people can take a lot of patience and acceptance.
How do we get through this change? First, we need to notice that change is really happening. Next, we need to embrace the doubt that goes along with the change. Then, finally, we step through the fear of a new beginning. What kind of flowers would we have if they all remained seeds, or trees if they all remained acorns?
During these challenging times we are asked to trust in God’s plan just as the Apostles did when they were caught in the raging storm at sea. Experts at the way they were used to fishing in calm water, the Apostles found it difficult to experience the storm with Jesus right there ignoring it. They became afraid of the change and yet they had the source of all life with them. It wasn’t until they asked for his help that the storm subsided, and their fear disappeared. Their attitude changed; they were slowly beginning to come to know who Jesus was and how he was the calm in their life.
This week look at some of the changes you have had to make, BIG and small. Pray over them, recognize them, and then ask God to help you through the changes that are happening. Fear not, for Jesus will calm the storm of that feared word CHANGE.
Till next week,
P.S. I would like to share with you a poem by Leslie Dwight that she posted on Instagram (@lesliedwight). It’s a little something for you to think about this week.
What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
the most important year of them all.