“I love the uncertainty of what’s ahead as long as I’m in the security of God’s hands.”
– Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs”
I like change.
Ahem. I should clarify.
I like change that I have control over and know that the end result will benefit yours truly. Change is good. I heard once that you should change your hairstyle if you’ve gone 3 months without someone complimenting you on how your hair looks. Easy. I change my nail polish weekly. In fact, I couldn’t choose a color this last time so every fingernail hitting this laptop keyboard is different. Changing clothes can take me from a “blah” mood to feeling fabulous and ready to take on the world. A change of scenery can give me new perspective on a situation I’m going through. Living in PA I get to be blessed by the change of seasons and nothing thrills me more to move from icky hot summer into gorgeous cool fall. Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes, football games & fires.
But if I’m going to be honest with you (and we know I can’t be any other way), real – significant – change scares me. The kind of change that you have no control over, no idea what the end will be, and certainly no clue about what outfit you should wear when it’s all said and done.
I would avoid the scary changes if I could. I would do everything to stay in my comfort zone at home, at work, at church, and with friends. I would never have to go through uncertainty at work, not knowing where I’ll be working, who I’ll report to, or what I’ll be doing. I wouldn’t have to wonder why God might be calling us away from our church – with no idea what the future would hold. It would all be wrapped up, status quo….and probably really really boring.
My posts here at Allume seem to have a theme where I share the baby steps I’m taking in my walk with Christ. This is one of the big ones for me. Convincing my Type-A, controlling heart to trust that God has the best plan for me. That I can walk into uncertainty with excitement because I know that the God of the universe has gone before me and nothing surprises Him. I can walk confidently. I can pursue what He has put on my heart without fear. I can write that song He put in my heart, I can wake up early to be in His Word (even though I’m NOT a morning person), I can do the hard thing and be ok with change because my God will hold me in His hand.
And friend? He’s got you, too.
Whatever change you have going on in your life right now, you are not going through it all by yourself. The struggles, questions, fears, uncertainty – practice giving it over to God’s quite capable hands. I’ll be there with you – handing over a piece of control at a time, praying my way through it. Praying for you, through it.
It’s easy to be excited about changing your hairstyle. Let’s pray for each other that we would learn to be as confident through the big stuff – and that how we handle those situations would shine the Father’s grace & glory on those around us.
How can we pray for you today?