For many folks "Change" can be a difficult, stressful or unsettling time. Not knowing what lies ahead whether it is a detour sign on life's journey, or the fog of uncertainty blocking your vision for the future, the ambiguity of change can seem overwhelming.
Step back a bit. Make time to bring unwanted change before the Lord. Give the future to Him, after all He's the only One who knows what lies ahead. Isn't that the safest thing to do....trust Him with all your heart?
Trust, deep rooted absolute trust in Him is essential to facing change straight-on. I have walked the tightrope of telling myself that I was surrendering everything to God only to discover myself in the middle of chaos because I was still struggling to figure it all out on my own. Yet God never left me, nor chastised me. I was however, exhausted and ever so weary from trying to tackle things I couldn't see.
I know this is not easy to do. But I can promise that when you place full and complete trust in the Lord your heart will have more peace even though the fog hasn't lifted. His plans and your plans may differ--that's when it's tempting to feel He hasn't paid attention to your dilemma. But keep trusting Him for His plans far exceed our plans. When we focus on HIS purpose, our lives undergo a miraculous transformation.
What does transformation mean? One online dictionary defines it as: "a complete change, usually into something with an improved appearance or usefulness." I get excited about that definition. God has a specific purpose for each one of us. Leaning on Him, trusting Him with all our heart, asking for His guidance and direction doesn't enable God to just "change" us--it enables God to transform us-- from the inside, out.
Transformation from the Lord empowers us to make wiser decisions & see things more clearly because He is actively involved. I have experienced God's perfect timing, scheduling and other miracles beyond what I could ever have managed to humanly do. He has had bigger plans waiting on the other side of that foggy curtain than I could have ever imagined. And all I could think was, "What if I hadn't trusted Him?"
Each time that happens my trust in Him becomes stronger. Yes, there are often tears, questions and doubt--He doesn't always eliminate those--but it is my responsibility to surrender each of those to Him. When I do, peace floods my soul. Stress doesn't have any hold on me--it is no longer my master.
Read the caption I wrote on the fall image above again. I know what His transformation feels like when I let Him paint on the canvas of my life...through each and every season. I pray you will too.
"O LORD, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!......Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25: 1,2..4,5 NLT
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