For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Wasn’t it just a month ago that I rode the dusty bus home from elementary school? Last week that I tossed my high school graduation cap toward the gym rafters? Yesterday that my roommate and I shared late-night discussions across our freshman dorm room?
This is certain: nothing remains the same.
People change. Relationships change. Situations change. We can cross our arms and stubbornly dig in our heels, but time will inevitably, resolutely push us forward. Life will continue to change around us, no matter how steadfastly we cling to the past or the present. If we search for stability in the world, we are looking for reliability in an unreliable place. But we serve a God who is reliable. He is the “Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (Jas. 1:17); He is so consistent that He has no shadow that shifts as the light changes.
If everything changes, do we have anything stable to stand on? Yes! Thankfully, yes. “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Heb. 6:19). When the world feels upside-down and unstable, we have an anchor to hold us steady: our hope. Adapting to change is not easy. When God led Abraham away from his home, he had to leave all that was familiar and comfortable and just trust: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:8-10). Abraham did not blindly follow God or fight a painful uprooting from his home; instead, he focused steadily on his stable, spiritual hope.
Maybe you are facing a loss, a move, or a painfully empty space that a relationship once occupied. Maybe the change you are facing is a good but challenging one: a new job or an altered friendship after one of you got married. There is no cure-all formula for how to handle every change that comes our way; some require action and some are out of our hands. Even the very best changes are challenging, and the worst ones can offer small blessings. How?
1. Change instructs us.
Dealing with change teaches us to adapt, to find the good in every situation, and to trust God more than we trust ourselves. 2 Thes. 3:3 promises, “But the Lord isfaithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” We are not consistent, all-knowing, or unchanging. But in the best or the worst change, we can take comfort in the fact that God is. Instead of letting changes overwhelm us, we can learn from them.
2. Change provides opportunities.
New situations mean new opportunities to serve God and to serve others. Moving away from home means new opportunities for friendships and sharing Christ with others; a new job means learning new skills and the opportunity to show Christ to others in your workplace.
Change is inevitable—and that’s okay. Life is not all sunshine and chocolate chip cookies, but it’s not all drizzly, gray skies either. We serve a Christ that is the same “yesterday and today and forever,” (Heb. 13:8) and we are anchored to the solid, ever-constant Rock.