“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” –John F. Kennedy
Growth is a task God sets before us. Change is a fast-forward journey to the future. You might be going through a change right now. It could be a beginning or an ending of a relationship, a move to another state, or an upcoming opportunity. There is power to see how God works His direction for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”(Romans 8:28)
On a recent cruise, my day began with a walk around the ship. I filled my lungs with salty air and knew God was near. The warmth of sun on my face confirmed His presence. I felt it necessary to drop a few commitments when I returned home and invest in understanding God’s direction for my life. Sometimes I hear the “go” but not the how. The future is a mystery, so I started praying for wisdom. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom ask God.” In my prayer time, I asked the big question, “What’s next?”
Three years ago, I felt the call to write and speak about God’s goodness. After the divine nudge, I became acutely aware of my academic shortcomings and have struggled to accomplish this task. As a child, my focus in school was wrong. Moving to six different schools before I graduated from high school was difficult. Making new friends became the hardest part, and as a result, I concentrated more on fitting in than my education.
In short, I needed to relearn the fundamentals of writing. My journey began with short articles about relationships, but it grew into something bigger. I developed a strong leading to inspire children to take their education seriously.
I’m often stretched beyond what I think is achievable, but I know with God, all things are possible. Just as God equipped Moses, who had a speech disability and yet spoke and led his people. He gave Esther courage to face her calling. The Lord equips His children for the tasks He sets before them.
My passion for writing deepens more each day. God uses change to cause good things. Change brings opportunities to grow closer to Him.
How do you embrace change?
What growth opportunity taught you a valuable lesson?