Since moving to the North East in 2012, I have lived in five different homes, averaging a house move once every one and a half years… and in two weeks time, I will be moving again!
Part of me loves it… they say a change is as good as a rest.
However if I’m honest, it has been a bit of a journey for me to accept the reality of having to move house yet again. I was happy where I was, I liked my place. I’m not a huge fan of packing and unpacking, and I felt settled. I was worried that the next place wouldn’t measure up to where I was already living and the whole process of moving felt like something I could do without!
Rather than embracing the inevitable change coming, I found myself resisting it. And in thinking about my reaction to moving, it had me wondering… why is change so hard and why do we fear it?
I think it’s because we can struggle to trust that what lies ahead holds the potential to be better than what is behind.
We can find it difficult to trust that the future is provided for, and that God has gone before us.
We can worry that with a change will come new problems, new struggles, new stresses, and this may be true, but what about believing for new possibilities, new provisions, new miracles, new adventures?
Raymond Lindquist said that :
‘courage is the power to let go of the familiar’.
This is because usually staying in familiar places is comfortable and easy, but moving into the unknown is full of uncertainty; we may come across unexpected or hidden challenges. Change requires courage.
As lockdown lifts and the world adjusts to new guidelines, let’s direct
our focus to the new things God is doing. You may have found anxiety rising in you as restrictions are relaxing, you may be feeling nervous about job changes, or about adapting to different rhythms again.
God has given us many scriptures about His protection over our future but one that has been particularly resonating with me recently is Proverbs 2:8 which says :
‘He guards the paths of the just, and protects those who are faithful to him.’
Even though situations change, God does not – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We can trust in His unfailing, never-changing goodness, faithfulness and love. He will guard us and protect us as we put our faith in Him.
So let’s embrace change. I read this recently:
‘Change is painful but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.’ – Mandy Hale
Yes, I may find moving house difficult in the short term, but to give you hope, God has provided above and beyond – the new house is just what we need, and the rent is cheaper too!
Instead of digging our heels in or burying our heads in the sand, let’s be hopeful and expectant for the good to come… let’s trust God’s provision for our future.
He is doing a new thing in your life, in the church and in the world!
Written by Steph Young (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series