Sometime this month, Lord willing, I plan to be the newest employee for HOH. This has caused me to think about change and how change impacts our lives. The reality is, all humans are going through change basically all the time. Thankfully God is with us every step of the way. We also have the assurance that the things which really matter have not changed and will never change. These two things give us greater purpose as we navigate change.
The lives we live are intertwined. The decisions you and I make affect others and we are affected by other peoples’ choices. (“No man is an island,” comes to mind.) Many changes are not even the result of a decision we have made. When we are controlling the change in our lives, we usually like the outcome, but it is still change. Change seems like a constant, especially when pandemics show up! Planning ahead and having a schedule was a lost cause. Change became the norm. Obviously, some changes are more stressful than others. The major changes usually drive us within and cause us to ask big questions. The best answers to the big questions are found in God and in His Word.
Thinking about some things that really matter, we realize these things will not change. Truth comes from God, and there is no chance what was evil yesterday will be good tomorrow. Truth does not change. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not.” For God to change it would be a change for the better or a change for the worse. Almighty God can do neither. God created us and loves us. This brings purpose and worth to our lives despite our circumstance, and praise the Lord, this is true no matter what change we are experiencing.
Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts on change as I navigate this change. I will close with a quote from W. Edwards Deming, “Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change.” This sort of sums up our love-hate relationship with change. We know it has to happen, but we don’t want the good to disappear.
– Arlin Horst