How to Trust God in Difficult Seasons of Change
Change refers to an event or circumstance that happens, moving your family, loss of a loved one, becoming a parent, changing schools or jobs, changing personal health, etc. Transition is the process we go through in response to a change we experience which can involve our thoughts, feelings, faith and actions.
Seasons come and seasons go. We can count on it. Summer fades into autumn, and autumn into the crisp winter season, which sprouts anew each year into spring. Spring saunters into summer and the cycle continues. Whatever part of the country you live in, seasons are evident.
‘There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven. ‘Ecclesiastes 3:1.’
It is inevitable: CHANGE HAPPENS. Change can be perceived as good, like springtime bursting forth: job changes, birth, children moving out, new friendships, or going to college. Change can be perceived as negative, moving into the winter season: job loss, death, children moving out, friendships ending, or divorce/separation.
Cycles continue, life progresses on and change happens.
Sometimes we become impatient in the waiting.
Whether positive or negative, change frequently brings feelings of fear, anxiety, indecision, tension, confusion, hopelessness. Our emotions are a part of change. Seasons of change can last for a few weeks, months, and even years. Change lasting longer than expected can often be agonising.
Often times we lose heart or vision during seasons of change, because it doesn’t appear anything is happening. Learning to trust God with change can be challenging.
We have to learn to trust God with change.
There is a tension that happens when we are in the midst of change. Living in the middle of what was and the hope of what is yet to come is challenging. We have to LEARN that we can trust God with change, even when we don’t see the end.
We are told in Psalm 37:34, “Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act. Keep travelling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honour you with every blessing.”
As we navigate the tumultuous waters of learning to trust God with change, we have to decide where we are going to place our trust or anchor our soul. We can look at many biblical figures to see how they navigated change. Some of those heroes of the Bible made it through as they put their trust in God, while others got lost on the path to their destination.
We can trust God with change:
because he is the same: yesterday, today and forever.
because he is a good God.
because his Word tells us that his plan is to prosper us and not to harm us.
Because he knows the end from the beginning.
because his promises are Yes and Amen.