Sitting in Gods Presence in Devotions Will Help You Process Change
Have you ever thought of the fact that the only thing constant in life is change? Now, of course, God doesn’t change, but everything else does. And change can come in big ways or small. Big ways may be family additions, job changes, or moving to another city. Small ones are unpacking coats for the colder weather, fixing hot dogs instead of hamburgers, or driving home a different route. These little changes befall us practically every day.
These changes are normal. I was on the way to church the other night and there was a car wreck just a few minutes from my house. My timing on arriving to church changed, as did my route. Ever get an inspiration for dinner, go to fix it and realize you don’t have some of the main ingredients? Another change. And what about cancelled flights? Banking errors? House repairs? I don’t think anyone ever plans for a broken water pipe or malfunctioning heater! (Although the smart ones have put money aside to be ready for those emergencies.)
Change is inevitable, why can’t we just see this as normal? Sometimes we get really busy, but is it really that busy, or is really just the normal mode? There’s kids to manage, work, soccer practice, church events, dry cleaning, etc. I’ve discovered a little mind trick you can play on yourself. If we think of something as just normal, then we tend to relax more and just move forward. If, however, we feel we are “busy,” then we tend to stress out further. Life gets more hectic and tension levels spike up. “Oh my, there’s traffic this morning on the way to work!” Doesn’t this take place every day? Relax, you know it’s coming; it’s not a surprise.
If we take life as being normal to have changes, we’ll probably be calmer and more apt to handle whatever may come our way. I mean, if we expect change to happen, then we’re not worried or stressed when it comes; we know it’s coming, right? And we might even be able to use the opportunity to share to those who are bursting under the pressure about the steady, constant God Who can give us peace in the midst of it.