Take a mental picture of your life right now. Include your spouse, kids, vocation, boss, hobbies, and health. As you look over the picture, pause and thank God for it all right now because it’s all going to change.
Change is a constant, but it always comes as a shock to us.
- the student who thinks they will NEVER finish school
- the athlete who looks invincible one day and over the hill the next
- the parent who longs for the day when their child will be able to sleep all night
- the leader who finally has the whole team in place, only to have a key player leave
It goes on and on for all of our lives.
But, change isn’t always bad and the potential for change is one of the great blessings from the Lord. Think about the most hopeless situation you are facing right now. Do some mental gymnastics and identify all that would have to happen to change the circumstances. If you are honest, it’s a shorter list than you probably thought. The possibility for change is an encouragement in those instances.
Change is the reason we have Psalm 119:105 – “Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” (CSB)
If we had our way it would read, “Your word will tell me everything that’s going to happen now and for the rest of my life and also show me the whole plan at once.” (MH)
A lamp at our feet will show us the next step or two. A light on our path will keep us from walking off of it and into a ditch. But, those lights are just for the immediate. And the choice to follow God’s direction is one we make now too, but also one we have to repeat over and over again through all the changes.
Destinations are another matter altogether. God has shown us where this will end, with Him forever. As believers, we can celebrate the assurance of the outcome.
It’s the in between time that gets tricky.
We had better tether ourselves to the light of His Word and trust that God knows what He’s doing as He leads us down the path.
Mike Harland is the Director of Lifeway Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.