Change is inevitable

Here in Australia, the kids are on their summer break. The new school year commences in the beginning of February. My son will be going into what they call ‘Senior Secondary’ here and that is a change that will require more responsibility towards his studies and a start of a lot more thought to what he wants to do in the future. My husband has started a new job, a different department within the same company. The work is a bit different; it is fun and challenging to tackle something new but hard work too.

No year goes exactly the same as the year before. Our lives will look a bit or a lot different in 2020 to what it did in 2019. Change is inevitable. There are some changes that are expected and some unexpected. Life places demands on us and change as a consequence just has a way of showing up and that is something we have to navigate. It is not always easy or smooth. Change may come as a new phase, a welcome relief, a new season of your life, an unexpected challenge or a difficulty.

How I wish I could say I handle change with grace, but the reality is I do not glide into changed situations. I am one who does a lot of ‘recon’ before doing anything new so you can guess that sudden change is not my favourite thing. And at the start of the year I tend to wonder what lies ahead in the year.

Whenever change comes, we are presented with the question –

Do I have what it takes?

Change can make us feel uncertain and unsure.

Our Identity in Jesus is anchoring as we navigate life’s changes and challenges.

Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

Gods reminds us that we are His. We are loved by Him, valued by Him and whatever we face and will need in the coming year we can be assured that He will always be with us. Let not God’s goodness be defined in our eyes but our own subjective measures. God is Good, that is who He is.

With whatever lies ahead for us this year let us focus on allowing God to shape and mould our Character.

2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Heraclitus the Greek philosopher said “Change is the only constant thing in Life”. Our Identity in Christ is not fleeting. It is grounded in Him and His love for us. We are children of God, and that reality should profoundly determine how we respond and react to change.

Prov 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Scripture reminds and invites us to trust in the Lord. Our understanding only goes so far, we can try to navigate life situations and tend to rely on our own understanding and strength but we are to trust and submit to Him.

On the other side of change there is a new beginning.

Isaiah 43:16-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

If something new comes up bringing forth doubt and uncertainty, I remind myself that my situation might have changed but God is still my God, the same all powerful and loving Father and I am His Child.

There comes a desire to sometimes dwell on the former things, yes, we should look back to remember and see God’s hand in things which strengthens our faith but we must not dwell in the past because we can miss out on what God is teaching us or where He is leading us.

The saying by Glenda Cloud “Change is Inevitable but growth is intentional” is so apt and true.

God has new things planned for each one of us, let us be intentional in our growth and embrace them with trust, let Him lead and guide each one of us and may we faithfully trust Him through the continuity or discontinuity of things to come.

God Bless.

34 Replies to “Change is inevitable”

  1. Excellent reminder! I am not such a fan of change myself! It is so good to know the Lord is our constant whatever may come. I have a senior in high school this year, set to graduate in the spring. It’s a big shift watching our young ones prepare to go off into the world! Blessings and prayers as you navigate this season!

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    1. Thank you 😊. My boy has still got 3 more years of school. But like I had mentioned these years are definitely a change for him and for us his parents. He is entering into year 10. With each year feeling like they are zipping past, I feel like before I realise it he will be graduating. Thank you for your prayers as I guide and support him through these years.

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  2. You made so many great points here! Thank you for the encouragement. Change is inevitable, but as you said, God remains the same. Therefore we can trust Him through every circumstance. I like your thought, it’s a good thing to remember, “On the other side of change there is a new beginning.” When God wants to do something new in our lives, it will most likely mean we must be willing to make a change or two. 😊

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  3. Thank you for your encouragement today! Lovely scripture verses too. It reminds me of the worship song Faithful One lyrics, “All through the storm, Your love is the anchor, my hope is in You alone.”

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  4. Amen! It’s so interesting so see that summer vacation is at the start of the year. That’s something new to behold.

    Yes, I remember hearing that change is the only constant we have. When my son entered teenage years and the challenge to adjusting to his behavior occurred, my pastor shared with me this that helped me a lot. He said: All living things grow, all growing things change, all changing things challenge.

    I’m so thankful that despite changes being challenging, our God cannot be challenged. Despite them being inevitable, our God remains the same.

    Blessings on dealing with the changes my sweet friend ❤️

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  5. I had never heard of Heraclitus until your post. I shared the bible post about forgetting the negative in the past with my son, I’m grateful I read it today and was able to share it. You share many verses and I enjoy reading them with your comments. I hope you are safe if you live in Australia from the fires. – Dave

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    1. Thank you for your kind words 😊 and glad you shared with your son.
      I live in Perth which is on the west coast of Australia. Usually the west coast is very prone to wild fires. But this time , the devastating fires are on the east coast. Wild fires unfortunately tend to happen every year but not to the extent that it has been this year and it does not seem to be slowing down.

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  6. I was just about to ask if you were safe from the fires before I read the above comment. I am relieved to hear that you are! The news reports in the US are somber to watch and I’ve been praying for your Continent. The scriptures you quoted are some of my favorites to remind me to trust when a change takes place. When I was younger, we lived in the same house, went to the same school, had the same friends, etc.. I didn’t experience much change at all! When I started to experience “unexpected” changes in life, I didn’t know to handle them. Now that I have Jesus and His Word, I hold on tight when changes come muy way!

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  7. Thank you for your writing today. I’ve heard the same saying in several different ways. My friend Jim always told me that not is change a constant, but pain is inevitable as well. My experience has been that pain is usually the result of my unwillingness to change. Grace has enabled me to accept the changes and grow, which is, as you said well, intentional (I love that word!). In some dark times in life, Jim would always tell me, Son, pain is inevitable but misery is optional”. Thanks be to Abba for allowing me to choose joy in the pain and excitement in change.

    Please know that Australia is in our prayers right now. So many people are fearful and uncertain with the disaster that’s struck parts of the continent. It’s a change I wish no one had to go through. Take care and thank you again!

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    1. Thank you, am so glad that you enjoyed the post 😊. I agree that pain is usually because we don’t want to change or accept any changes situations. And I like that misery is optional- we can with God’s Grace embrace the change.
      Thank you for your prayers for the fires. Absolutely devastating. We pray that the Lord will bring rain. And meet the needs of all those affected.

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    1. Thank you 😊. Yes, it is easy to want to stay in the past in what we feel is our comfort zone because change can bring uncertainty. As you said we have to trust Him to lead and guide us through the new phase.
      Blessings 😊

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