The seasons are changing. I have to admit to something. I think I can say that for some people out there we are kindred spirits…I really- really dislike change. I look backwards and see so much change. I don’t think I remember what normal is, let alone “was”. From getting married, to having difficult pregnancies with loads of hospital stays and premature babies, to chronic childhood ear aches and sickness, to a motor vehicle accident to surgeries and job changes and then again to young teens and hubby losing jobs to gaining jobs to losing housing to new rental units to sudden funeral to teenagers now graduating from high school to college..oh my..I think I SHOULD be used to change..or maybe understand that there is no such thing as normal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
When the whispers of change are heard we have to measure them. We test them. We question them. I tend to “kick” at them or poke them. I want to know. I tell people, I have a high “need-to-know” threshold. I will ask questions until I am satisfied. When I go through this process I always keep God’s words handy, along with that, I continually pray. No I don’t just ramble on to God (the mystical God who is just there). I actually have a conversation. I pause, I listen, I redirect my thoughts. I wait as long as possible and then some. At the end, when the decision must be made – there is a leap of FAITH!! Trusting that God will take care of things.
Ok..stop…this is what gets most people. I hear you all whispering….
I said…the “F” word. That blind word. God wants us to trust Him enough. Enough?? What?? I like exacts. Don’t you?
It took me along time to stop reading recipes and just cooking. This is faith.
When you know the Master (the recipe) you can do what needs to done (the meal, or the dish). Do you get it? I know that in a Chocolate Cake I can add a flavor, maybe coffee, and it will still taste amazing. I know God’s word, I know what pleases Him, therefore I know that the road I walk will be ok. Things will work out.
I have been told many times I have made wrong choices. It is easy to tell other people they made a wrong choice. Job had many who told him his choices were wrong based on the horrible things that happened. If we look only on the circumstantial evidence, then we all suffer. Just like the recipe. Sometimes, the dinner was not that great. It barely satisfied the hungry family. But – I learned from it, I adjusted and was able to get better.
Change — it is about us getting better at our relationship with God. He is calling to us. He is whispering into our lives, into our heart — “come on..you can do this..it is hard..it will cost you something..but I am here..I love you…get up..try it again..”
Can you hear those whispers? Rest in God — He will NEVER CHANGE!!