I remember as a small child going to a new church and my wise Daddy forcing me to go to Sunday School. I remember standing in the corner terrified to speak or even look up from the ground I was so intent on. There were many times like that, and every time I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone. Little did Daddy know that he was setting me up for my future, teaching me a lesson to step out in faith even when filled with fear. I'll admit that I have failed sometimes to face the change with the hand of God at my back following His lead and there are others that I glory in the strength He has given me.
At times I have grown weary with the change. I lack the desire, even the ability to try. I once had a dear friend tell me that no matter where I am in life to put down roots and go as deep as I could for that season. She told me that some day I would be able to not only get through the change and trial to find joy in God's work, but actually know joy as I go through the next one and have joy in anticipation for future change.
When I see change on the horizon I cringe a little, but as I prepare my heart I am always filled with a sense of awe. I wonder at how God's hand always leads and provides. I am reminded of all that He has sacrificed for me. How can I deny Him the pleasure to change and shape me with the events of my life for His glory. Herein lies the difference- change without Jesus leaves wandering to and fro on the waves of life. But with Jesus, change happens on a firm foundation.