August 22, 2012

Why Do We Dread Impending Change?

I have received this question numerous times over the last few months:

"Are you concerned / worried / afraid of how different life is going to be with FOUR children?"

He who dwells in the secret place
of the Most High shall remain...
 
No matter what road we travel, what exits we take, life changes.  Circumstance ...changes.  Sometimes for worse and sometimes for the better; and some of the time can even have a neutral outcome, not swaying with the wind much at all.  But we won't know this until we've walked through.  Made transition.

But He has promised us this, that no matter how the circumstances around us change, when we abide in Him, in Him we will remain. 

Remain.  That's a constant. 

When the wind of change comes, and it most undoubtedly will, our spirit is constant.
A still anchor as we abide.
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He who dwells in the secret place
of the Most High shall remain stable...
 
The word stable, used as an adjective, is defined as the following:
  • not likely to fall or give way; support; firm; foundation; steady
  • able or likely to continue or last; firmly established; enduring or permanent
  • steadfast; not wavering or changeable, as in character or purpose; dependable
  • not subject to emotional instability or illness; sane; mentally sound
What a promise!!  I don't know about you but this THRILLS me to the core!  In You, Papa, I am able to steady my responses to change, to hold fast to faith in You and the Fruit of Your Spirit who dwells in me! 

And yall...  I totally need that part about emotional stability, right? 
SO many times I get caught up in the moment of impending transition. 
A spark of worry ignites. 
Small at first. 
But dwelled on, it grows. 
Before we even know it, it's out of control like The Rumor Weed and has totally clouded our eyes. 
And then WHERE does my emotional stability, Fruit of the Spirit, and FAITH go? 
Down the drain, right?  Off keel?
Indeed.

This diagram shows a boat at an even keel and one that is not.
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I.  Am.  Able.  When I dwell...  Abiding...  Remaining...  In the Secret Place, the cleft of Your Rock...

I am able to have a grand voyage.
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He who dwells in the secret place
of the Most High shall remain stable
and fixed under the Shadow of the Almighty
[whose power no foe can withstand].
(Psalm 91:1)
 
I am currently memorizing all of Psalm chapter 91.  I recommend that.  :)
.....Our family dynamic will be different.  It will change.  We will have to learn how to function well in this new dynamic.  We are facing impending transition.

But what, really, is the point in my being consumed with it?  With wandering thoughts of, "Will it be hard?"  "How LONG will it take me to figure things out?"  "How will our elder children do with the change?"  "Will she nurse/sleep well?"  "Will I be ABLE to function for the rest of my family like they'll need me to?"
 
This painting, titled "Wandering Thoughts," is by Vietnam-born artist Duy Huynh.
Coming to grips with the FACT that we truly are always in a degree of impending transition (whether we are aware of it or not) really helps one's ability to have peace and rest of soul in the midst.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge
and my Fortress, my God;
On Him I lean and rely,
and in Him I [confidently] trust!
(Psalm 91:2)

And so you will hear this the way I'm saying it to you, sweet friends:

He's totally got what yurr walkin' through (or fixin' ta be walkin' through), 'n' He'll neverr leave ya' hangin'.  ;)
 
I praise Him for His good words.  I praise Him for His good-timed words.
Thank You, Papa.

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5 comments:

  1. Well said, dear one. The chatter of the enemy or the worries of our minds can keep us off balance so easily, while the truth you've stated is...well, truth:

    "Coming to grips with the FACT that we truly are always in a degree of impending transition (whether we are aware of it or not) really helps one's ability to have peace and rest of soul in the midst."

    Thank you for this one.

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  2. Beautifully said! I'm your newest follower =)

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  3. Change is the one sure constant in life whether we like change or not we cannot stop it from happening. I have went through a lot of life changing experiences but especially in the last couple of years. I fretted, worried, cried, prayed, rebelled, and it all made no difference, the change happened anyway and I walked through that change holding onto father God and his promise he would provide. Father God did provide and I learned to accept change and worry/fret less and trust more. I see the fruits now of that journey through change as I face further life changes with an acceptance and more peace and trust and okay still a bit of worry and fret. Thank you for your message it helps to be reminded there is no use in worrying and it will be okay, trust in God.

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  4. I love your post here. It's so good to know that we can fully rely on the Lord when life is changing around us. :)

    God bless

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  5. Rebecca...you're right...change is a part of life and when we rely on our heavenly Father to navigate us through it, its then we find we can accept and adapt to the change. Thank you for an encouraging post friend. And for sharing at WJIM this week. Blessings.

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