Last summer, I was at one of my best friends’ house, talking with her mom and though I don’t remember what about, I do remember saying “But I don’t like change!”
To which she replied, “Oh honey. the Christian walk is all about change. Changing from a lifestyle of sin to one that follows after Christ; Changing from living in the flesh to living in Christ!”
I’ll admit, at first, her response didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t want to be “put in my place”.
It wasn’t really until the last couple of years since graduating high school that I’ve had to deal with change.
I’ve lived in the same house my entire life. Went to the same church, same school, same…EVERYTHING!
Change? Yeah…not really something I experienced.
I’m a planner. I’ve planned everything from my future college, future wedding, future family, future home, vacations… I. Like. Plans.
They make me feel safe, comfortable and like there’s a measure of continuity.
Most of all, I really don’t like when my plans are changed-even if it’s just going to Starbucks…don’t mess with my plans! They’re my plans and I want it.
And then I realized that that is just the problem…
They’re my plans and the things I want and then I don’t leave any room for Christ and his plan and the things he wants for my life.
” “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” ” Isaiah 55:8-9 (Emphasis Added)
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Have you ever heard the saying “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken/bent out of shape?”
It may not be from the Bible, but it is so true!
The Christian walk is a lot like play-doh. When it’s soft, it’s mold-able; the creator can make it into what they see fit. But, if it dries out, it gets hard and the creator can’t do anything with it.
When we resist change, our hearts harden like dried out play-doh and God can’t mold us into his image. But, when we are flexible, God can mold our hearts and use us to further his kingdom!
No, change isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it means stepping out into the unknown. But, it also means having the opportunity to trust Christ and that what he’s doing and his plans are greater than ours. And this, in turn, will lead to a deeper more intimate relationship with him!
Have you been rejecting the change that God has been trying to make in your life?
Take a minute and pray that God will soften your heart and help you trust him that these changes-whether big or small-are in your best interest!