Unwanted change

Sometimes, we don’t want to change, because we fear what will be lost in gaining the new.

That was me recently.

My husband had ordered me a new cell phone because my old one was falling apart.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t excited when he informed me of my new phone, because I didn’t want a new one.

I’m not very technically savvy.

Yes, I know the age I’m in requires it.

Yes, I’ve been blessed by the ability to access things from home which used to require a trip to town.

No, I’m still not techy.

I have had to learn how to do many things on my computer or cell in the past and when that season was over, I enjoyed the freedom of not having to spend hours on either device.

But the draw back is, I’m sadly behind the times on working with the latest app or program.

Yet, for this season, I feel my priorities are in dealing with the people directly, especially our son as I homeschool.

Thankfully, the Lord has helped me learn many things so I’m still able to do what is required.

But starting over to learn a new phone isn’t what I want to spend my time on right now.

However, it is what was needed.

My old phone was dropping calls, requiring me to talk with the speaker on so others could hear me, and often refusing to work at all.

The Lord has been quietly walking me through another new in the midst of this transition.

He’s been so good at reminding me of His truths throughout.

His peace has been shaping my heart and putting an end to my fears.

For His timing is perfect and His blessing is without limit.

I’m thankful to the Lord for giving me so much new.

I’m blessed to walk into each day, letting go of my personal expectations and clinging to God’s direction.

There’s a good deal of discomfort in change, but it’s been the tool of the Lord to teach my heart.

I keep returning to these words:

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Simple and concise, they bring both encouragement and comfort.

I know this time of year, although often construed as “the jolliest” season, can become anything but “peace on earth”.

Our full schedules and frazzled nerves can make us struggle to find “goodwill towards men” or women or anyone.

My prayer today is for each of us to find both peace and goodwill first in our Savior and then for one another.

That we might be truly filled with joy and gratitude to the One whose birth we are celebrating.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and the comfort it brings. Lord, thank You for making me learn things I didn’t want to and for stretching me in ways I wasn’t aware were a possibility. Lord, thank You for walking me through these days of uncomfortable and still finding rest in You for all that is required. Lord, You know the long list of things which await our attention and I praise You that You have been teaching me how to wait, not to rush forward trying to get it all done. Lord, thank You that Your timing is perfect. Your truth is my refuge. Your love is enough. Thank You for these days. Please help each one of us not to get list in the busy, but rather to cherish the opportunity to celebrate Your birth. Next to Your Resurrection, it’s the most important event we celebrate. Lord, please help us to treasure the greatest Christmas gift ever given–You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

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