«When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you» (Isaiah 43:2, NLT).
With God by our side, the unknown becomes sacred ground. With Him, uncertainty is a fire that burns but does not consume; or actually, it does consume, but only impurities. It consumes the part of me that believes I have it all under control; the part of me that thinks I know exactly where I am headed. Ironically, when those «certainties» disappear, I breathe more deeply and with greater freedom. Like Daniel’s friends in the fiery furnace, only the ropes tying my hands are burned. With Jesus by my side, I do not suffer any harm; my clothes do not even smell like smoke (see Daniel 3).
But that does not mean it is comfortable! Growing hurts. Change is produced precisely by the indomitable nature of the unknown, the powerlessness of not being able to control it. Pressure is what turns carbon into diamonds. Beyond our comfort zone, lies a dangerous and unexplored land. That is exactly where God performs surprising miracles! Therefore, I am learning a new art: the art of change. Lately, I have set about detecting the signs of change; as one who watches ants, smells the air, or counts the seconds after lightning strikes to predict a storm. When I am able to smell wet dirt, even before the first drop falls, instead of stomping my feet and complaining, instead of fighting against the weather and the seasons, I take my shoes off. I surrender and let the soles of my feet kiss the holy ground where God has led me.
«Let’s face it,» writes Cinde Lucas in her article «Embracing Change.» «Nothing, except God, remains the same. From time to time we all find ourselves in a place of change. Rather than resist or resent change, we need to learn to embrace it. God wants to lead us and guide us; He wants us to grow up so that He can show us more of His truth; He wants us to lean on and rely on Him; and He wants us to know Him more today than we did yesterday. In order for this to take place we must be willing to let go of everything that lies behind us.» Are you willing to move forward? Nothing is unknown to God. Even if it is a new territory for you, He is an experienced guide.
Dear Lord, thank You because even though everything changes, You are the same. Teach me to accept changes humbly and confidently.