How to Endure Change

Seasons of change… they can tiptoe into our lives like children playing hide n’ seek. Or they can crash into our everyday like a summer thunderstorm. Either scenario can leave us feeling bewildered, questioning our next step. Feeling frozen by uncertainty, forced into action, or quietly at peace, we experience change whether we anticipate it or not.

When difficult or unexpected changes occur, how can we endure?

For me, Hebrews 13:8 brings comfort: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NASB).

God never changes even when my parenting role transitions. I share this after recently helping my second son move into his own home. I tried to be cheerful for his sake, and I truly am happy for him. But I cried, too. Though it’s difficult to let go as my children embark on their own, I can rest in knowing God is constant.

God never changes even while I seek His direction for my writing. Haven’t I been here before? But, ah, the writing journey includes pauses along the way—fresh considerations of God’s plan for this talent He’s entrusted to me. The gift-Giver remains the same despite the twists and turns I encounter.

Seasons change, yet Christ is the same. This simple truth quiets the restless tendencies of my heart.

Our Lord is Steady. Reliable. Faithful.

Strong. Capable. Almighty.

God is gracious, compassionate, patient.

And He always will be.

Christ will possess these qualities as well as the entirety of His character for all eternity. We can breathe in deeply, hold on tightly, and endure every change with peace because He. Is. The same.

What change are you experiencing, dear one? Perhaps you feel captive to erratic emotions and unsure circumstances. Maybe you don’t know how to survive the situation you face. 

Let’s cling to the Lord like a life preserver on stormy waters. God is with us, holding onto us. He’s our Rock, fixed strong in the place of our uncertainties. Though seasons change, our God never does.

May this truth fill you with peace and give you strength to endure.

 

In Christ’s Love,

 

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Additional reading material about this topic: A Prayer in Times of Transition and Change by Cheryce Rampersad

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4 Replies to “How to Endure Change”

  1. Heather Smith says: Reply

    This speaks to me about my role as a foster parent. So much of life, I feel like I have under control. But when it comes to fostering, the “system” has most of the control and can change things for us whenever they decide.

    But God is faithful and He works everything out for our good.

    1. Dear Heather,

      It’s such a blessing to hear your heart. I’m honored this message spoke to you – God be praised! And may He continue to equip you for fostering – what a beautiful faith you are exemplifying to these children. Thank you for all you do.

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

  2. Kim Holt says: Reply

    Wow! Just what I needed during this season if change-moving my daughter to her own apartment; moving to teaching kindergarten after teaching 3 years in 2nd grade. My emotions have been all over the place. It is comforting to know that God is unchanging and constant amidst change. Thanks for sharing this wonderful devotional, Emily!

    1. Dear Kim,

      You are so welcome! God is so good to walk with us through all of life’s changes. Praying now that the Lord will strengthen you in this time of transition and enable you to sense His presence through it all.

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

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