There are good things that happen when things change. Though we do not always choose those circumstances in which things change, and in spite of our apprehension, the changes are often for our own good. I enjoy planning out the events of my life strategically and making sure every detail is in place. I am very particular about the timing in which events occur. In fact, I am already making goals and plans for next year; month by month. Needless to say, with all of my planning and foresight, there is a greater force at work in my life. God has plans for us that we can not even imagine. There is a greater plan in store and sometimes that means that things have to change. Even though we do not recognize it at the time, the changes that happen are instrumental and down right essential for our long term success.
To every thing there is a season and a time and purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Sometimes you have to fight back. I remember enlisting the help of my brother before I went to high school. I didn’t know how to fight and needed to know how to defend myself. We stuffed plastic bags with foam and placed them on the beams in the basement. I punched them as if they were real punching bags in the gym. He taught me how to stand and protect myself in case I was in a fight. He told me to keep my arms up and protect myself from my opponent. My step dad was a boxer and I would look at his old equipment in awe, wondering what it must have been like to get into the ring.
Little did I know that there was absolutely no fighting allowed at my strict inner city high school, and the only fights I would have would be in the form of classroom debates. However, I never forgot what he taught me to do when defending myself and the same things are applicable in everyday life. Sometimes you have to assume a position and take a stand for what you believe in.
Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold to the eternal life to which you were called when you made your confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1Timothy 6:12
When seasons change there are some things that stay the same. Most often it is easy to forget the season we just left. Now that the snow has melted and the hot and humid days of summer are here, no one remembers the cold hard winter. There is one day during the winter that I remember well. It was a cold Sunday morning in early January and the ice covered the sidewalk. I moved forward and walked slowly praying that I would not fall. I noticed that Taylor was especially careful but unafraid. She depended on me totally and trusted that I would not allow her to fall. As we made our way to “safe” ground where there was no ice, we were grateful that we did not fall.
Little did Taylor know that I was careful and depended on someone besides myself to assure that we did not fall or stumble. I prayed and trusted God, trying hard not to meditate on the the possibility of falling, but instead treading carefully and never looking back. That reminds me of that “now” faith described in Hebrews 11; believing that things would work out and treading lightly, knowing that there is a greater force sustaining you. Though the season has changed I would like to keep that kind of faith for this new season; treading lightly and trusting God. Because I know that He will not let me fall.
Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen…