I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. ~ Isaiah 42:16
Change forces us out of our comfort zone and into the discomfort of the unfamiliar. And while it can turn your world upside down, it makes you face your greatest fears and deal with the things that steal your joy, peace, and confidence. Change can be your friend or foe, depending on how you use it. Running away turns it into an enemy; embracing and learning from it makes it one of your greatest allies.
C. Neil Strait said: ‘Change is always hardest for the man who’s in a rut for he has scaled down his living to that which he can handle comfortably, and welcomes no change or challenge that would lift him up.’ When you are facing the unknown, instead of automatically going into resistance mode, ‘…Fix your eyes on what lies before you…stay on the safe path’ (Proverbs 4:25-26).
Ask yourself: What is God trying to teach me? How can I become stronger and wiser? What opportunities does it hold? John Mason says: ‘Correction and change always result in fruit…One change makes way for the next, giving you the opportunity to grow. Every time you think you’re ready to graduate from the school of experience, somebody thinks up a new course…If you can figure out when to stand firm and when to bend, you’ve got it made.’ You don’t have to fear what lies ahead. ‘…Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth…I will not forsake them.’ God never closes a door without opening another one—but you must be willing to walk through it.
Heavenly Father, help me see that change occurs and it can be a good thing – depending on how I adapt and embrace it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
About the Author
Tim Hetzner serves as President of Lutheran Church Charities and author of WORD Bible Studies.