Changes…

“My, how quickly things change.”  We say this, or some form of it, often enough. Anyone who has lived any length of time has learned the truth of change. Change is the one constant in life. We try to change. We try to bring about change. We plan for change. We pray for change. And we are slapped around by changes we never saw coming.

The fading of one year into another usually brings about some reflection on change. Looking back over the months now gone, and feeling the shock of things that aren’t the same. The biggest change in my life during 2015 was an extremely positive change: being accepted as a Revive Our Hearts Area Ambassador, traveling to Michigan for training, gaining a new network of instantly close friends and mentors, joining the True Woman blog team, taking on a new sphere of ministry. Last January I had only vague inklings of this possibility, and now it is one of the biggest areas of my life. I will forever be grateful for this change God brought my way in 2015.

Some changes were completely sudden. Switching gyms, for example. Gymnastics has been a big part of our family since we have two daughters on the competitive team, and one cold Saturday in February our gymnastics world was shaken to its core and absolutely no one saw it coming. As a result, most of the team, including my two girls, moved across the highway to the other gym in town–a change that happened literally overnight. It ended up being a change that, while excruciating during the process, we were happy with in the end. But I still look back in slight awe at the difference in where we were at the beginning of 2015 and where we were at the end.

Thankfully, 2015 didn’t bring a change of location for our family, but even our little church had its own changes. Families joined our fellowship, and families left our fellowship. New programs were started. New ideas were bathed in prayer and developed into ministries. Even positive change requires adjustment, though, and it has been a blessing to work through these changes with this amazing church family.

New years often bring about hopes of more change. Resolutions are made. This is the year, we think, that things will finally change. We will finally lose weight. Read the Bible more. Become more organized. Accomplish that great goal that has eluded us thus far. Even as I eagerly anticipate the ways God will change me in 2016, though, part of my mind remains sober, wondering what unforeseen changes await. I remember 2011, the year everything changed, and I confess to some fear of what may lie ahead of me this year. Will there be another huge change in our routine?  Will I have to adjust to taking on yet another iron in my fire? Will I have to say goodbye to someone I love?

How do we cope with all these changes life brings? How do we keep from going insane trying to keep up with it all? We remember this: we serve an unchanging God. He tells us in his word that He “swears to his own hurt and does not change.” (Psalm 15:4) Likewise, in James He promises us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17)

Changes will keep coming our way in this life. But our God does not change. He is always faithful. He is always true. He is always good. He is always near. He is always strong. And that is enough to hold us steadfast through the changes.

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