Change is Good.
Change IS Good.
Change IS GOOD.
I’ve been muttering this phrase under my breath countless times these past couple weeks. It’s like a personal mantra that I repeat over and over to try and convince myself that it is truth.
I know well and good that change is a product of humanity. We can’t not change, and if we are living lives that are perpetually without any type of change in our hearts, desires, actions, or relationships then we are not growing as people. Right now, change looks like trusting God in a new season of clinical rotations that will place me in a new city every 6 weeks for the next year. That change is something I have very little control over. That change is the one that scares me at times, but then also excites me when I think of all the possibilities it holds.
How are you experiencing change right now?
Are you starting a new job in this new year?
Moving across the country?
Have a baby on the way?
Dreaming of the future?
Are you losing a family member to terminal illness?
Managing a life ridden with debt?
Learning how to do long-distance?
Discerning what your “5-year plan” look likes?
Change looks & feels very different for every individual.
How we respond to this change in our lives helps define our character and improve our ability to cope and manage the stresses of each season. I know for me, I absolutely hate change when it’s happening, but with time I begin to see and appreciate the ways in which it helps me become a stronger individual. When I am tested, tried, poked, and prodded, I begin to resent the One who is in control of all change that happens in our lives, God. But through every chapter of my life’s story, in the waiting, in the valleys, in the pinnacles, in the suffering, God is present through it all. He will never leave you or abandon you. People may desert or mistreat you. Seasons may be deplete of bounty. There may be times where you feel ridden by a sense of loneliness or vice, but never ever forget that Jesus is holding your hand. He has the strength to carry you through trials and embolden you to overcome the most trying of times with Him at the helm. I have this bible verse hanging on my wall back home and it has been such a source of encouragement throughout the past year of PA school. I strongly encourage you to hang bible verses throughout your house because it serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and goodness that is visible and tangible.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. // 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
My prayer for all of you reading this and experiencing a variety of change is that you would cling to the truth that God is with us. No matter what that present holds, do not allow your emotions or feelings to assist you in spiraling down a deep, dark hole of inability, loneliness, failure, or unworthiness. You are a precious piece of God’s majestic creation and he is changing you for your good and his greater glory. He loves you so much that he would stake a claim on your heart and attempt to combat your sinful nature to make you more in his image: more perfect, more merciful, more thoughtful, more generous, more fearless! Quit fighting against God’s work in your heart and allow him to transform you.