In general, it is safe to say that people do not care for change. Some people are less averse to change than others, but there is a point in everyone where too much change at one time becomes uncomfortable. So how is 2020 going so far? This year has been a daily lesson in change management.
One thing that has become evident is that although change can be hard, it is also necessary. Change has positive benefits. In James 1:17 is says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” It is interesting here that in a verse about good and perfect gifts, God also reminds His children that He remains unchanged. Almost as if He is saying that gifts require change and change in and of itself can be a gift.
One benefit of change is it can expose things that need to be repaired or updated. For example, replacing the flooring in a room can expose the fact that the paint on the wall is faded and needs to be freshened-up. Having a room under construction can be so messy and inconvenient for a time, but when the project is finished it is amazing how small updates can improve the look and feel of a room.
The same principle applies to life. Change can expose areas of our life: habits, attitudes, relationships that need to be updated, improved or maybe even eliminated. God uses circumstances to reveal the heart areas that are due for a remodel. As God lovingly weeds out the old ways, it becomes evident how necessary the change was.
How is God using 2020 to change you? Are there areas of your life where you need to lean into Him a little harder and allow him to freshen you up with a new coat of paint? Rest in His promise that He is with you even in the craziness.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”