Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Embracing Change

A little over four years ago, I had just graduated high school and had many ideas of what my life would turn out to be. And none of those ideas came to least not yet. I knew change was ahead of me, but I didn't know exactly what.

In these four years since graduating high school, I quickly went from dating to marriage, moving out of my parents house (yes, in that order ;) ), moving 5 times, giving birth to my first son, getting pregnant with my second son, and graduating from Bible college. And that's not to even mention the times the Lord has worked tremendously on mine and my husband's hearts through deep heart conviction, continuous times of struggle, and beautiful redemption. 

It boggles me how much life changes in just one year. Our family grew from two to three (while I believe this technically happens as soon as my baby's life was conceived, the big change in family dynamics doesn't seem to take effect until the baby is born), and the change from a newborn to a wiggler to a crawler and soon to be walker is very real. And to know that our family will again grow to four is hard to imagine. 

Sometimes it's hard to embrace change. Going from working to bring in additional income for my family to managing my home full time with my baby and living off even less money with more mouths to feed was a tough change to embrace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;

A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
 time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to weep and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance.

A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
Life is composed of seasons. Going from one season to the next requires change. Some change is exciting and some change is painful.

For the painful and stressful changes, take heart that sooner or later a season of hope and joy is to follow. Remember Romans 5:4 :

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The Lord uses painful times to increase your perseverance, build your character, and produce assuring hope. 

So whether good or seemingly bad, embrace the change. Know that God is on your side through it all.

This post is linked up at Coffee For Your Heart and Wise Woman Linkup