Sunday, September 5, 2010

Change? Me?

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I. Hate. Change.

Some weirdos people thrive on change.

I, however, am perfectly normal.

You can stop laughing.

OK. Now that you've got control of yourself, I’ll give you an example.

I recently changed from an mp3 player to an iTouch. This is a fabulous change.

But I’m still not used to it.

I’m trying to get all my music converted and my playlists onto my new toy. And despite the fact that I know I will love my iTouch (once I figure it all out), I’m wishing I could just snap my fingers and have everything on the iTouch the way it was on my old mp3 player.

Without having to change anything.

It doesn’t work that way.

It doesn’t work that way in the rest of my life either.

God asks me to change. Frequently.

Change opinions. Change dreams. Change direction.

While I don’t always see it this way, His changes are intended to lead me into something better. Something more. Something I wouldn’t have had without the change. And usually, something I’m going to love, once I figure it all out.

Thankfully, He rarely asks me to change instantaneously.

I’ve only recently come to realize this. But when I think back on the major changes in my life, I can see how God has allowed me to ease into them. They weren’t optional. But He did give me time to adjust to the new reality, time to figure out what my life would look like after the change. Before I had to dive into it.

I stumbled across a few verses in Psalms the other day. I’ve read them before but this time, they grabbed me.

And left me in awe.

Psalm 103: 13-14 – As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (ESV)

He knows my frame. He knows how I was formed.

And He knows I hate change.

So while He loves me too much to leave me unchanged, He also loves me too much to torture me with changes I’m not prepared to accept.

Change may not be your issue, but I would guess that you have one (or two). There’s something you struggle with. And I know if you spend some time thinking about it, you’ll see how God treats you gently in that area. You'll notice that He doesn’t let you use it as an excuse, but He doesn’t ride roughshod over your emotions and fears.

I can't even get my mind around the idea that the God of the Universe takes the time to treat me with such compassion.

There are big things for Him to deal with in the world. Stars to keep burning. Entire galaxies to keep spinning. Not to mention the other several billion people on the planet who need Him.

But He has compassion on me.

I'm left humbled. Thankful. Amazed.

And you know what my favorite part of all of this is?

Even though these verses were written several thousand years ago, we know they are still true today.

Because our God never changes!
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8 comments:

Edie Melson said...

Thanks Lynn, I needed this today - right now as a matter of fact!

Lynn said...

Edie - Thanks!

janet said...

Thank you Lynn. I believe the Lord has some changes for me. I must not be ready for them yet. His time is the best time. God bless you.
Janet

Beth K. Fortune said...

Ahhhhh, refreshing. I needed this. Thanks Lynn!

Marcia Chadwick Moston said...

Oh, If we could totally, unequivocally rest in this beautiful truth. Thanks for the reminder. P.S Love your insight on the body language.

Vonda Skelton said...

I have a love/hate relationship with change. I'm bored without out it, yet often fearful with it! Thanks for the post. Now, on to new and fearful things!

Alycia Morales said...

Ok Lynn. I confess. I'm the wierd person. I love it when God works His change in me. I know He's doing it out of His love for me. It isn't always easy & I don't always enjoy going through the changes to get to the other side of me. But, I'd rather change and become more like Him than remain the smae ol' me.

Lynn said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!