Change is difficult. Change forges new pathways for us to take whether we want to walk those pathways or not. Change can be a dark alleyway with surprises lurking in the shadows, surprises we could not have foreseen. Or it can be an open highway of both celebration and happiness. Whatever your change entails, I assure you it will be both exilerating and terrifying.
In a world that demonstrates change so often, why are we as humans so scared of it? Even nature displays change on a daily basis, whether it be through seasonal weather or the change of the tide. Everything around us screams for change but we strike back with complacency. We enjoy the comfort and consistency that surrounds us. When a new opportunity is dropped in front of us we run and hide, rather than greet that opportunity face to face. Why? Because change hurts. Change rips our world apart and fills it with something foreign. It clouds and confuses our previous image of the world. Change, regardless of how big or small, essentially creates a new existence for us. A new state of being. We lose control of what we thought we knew and instead are taken on a new journey lacking any control. Change has brought me to tears and will surely do so again in the coming months. It has buckled me over with pain and flattened me with heartache. But when facing change, one must remember what comes of it. A discovery of one’s new self is inevitable as change makes you cast your old self to memory. Memories can be cherished for an eternity. Self-defining change may come just once in a lifetime. “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” (Viktor Frankl). And let us not forget the ever present consistency with us through all our change. Christ. He remains, without change. A rock among leaves. His love, mercy and grace are unchanging, and given without being deserved. Through change, we must cast our eyes upon Him. Fear nothing, for He is with us. Fear no change, for He is God.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8