Changes are part of life. We can’t ignore them. Why is it that whether the changes are good or not so good the transition is often difficult?

Sometimes the changes are gradual like the simple process of aging. It may bring difficulties but the actual process isn’t a struggle. It often just happens while we aren’t looking.

I think the changes that are the most difficult are the abrupt ones. Sending a child off to college, retiring at the end of a fulfilling career, watching a grandbaby move away. Those kinds of changes are ones you think you are preparing yourself for but when “the day” finally arrives it still might feel like the ground beneath you is unstable. And then there are the tragic changes that occur with the death of a loved one, the termination slip from your job or an accident or illness that leaves permanent physical changes. Those changes feel more like major earthquakes than tremors.

When things happen in our lives that are not what we had hoped for or planned we have a choice to make. We can stay in the past and spend all our time mourning what we’ve lost or we can move forward into the new season that the change has created. We can’t always arrange our circumstances but we can embrace the opportunities that change brings. We can allow God to do a new work in our lives because of the changes that come our way.

Maybe it’s time to let go and move on with the Lord. He promises that you won’t be disappointed!

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:18-19