That word can be frightening to some. For me, I find it is either annoying, or exciting. What about you?
This past week I have found that word has displayed its annoying personality. It has been one thing after another. Each day this week it was something different that happened that I had never dealt with before. Have you ever had weeks like that? Forget days like that – I’m talking weeks here.
As a corporate trainer by profession my job is fast paced, especially when I have large classes. There’s an agenda to adhere to, items to cover, and tasks to finish. Guidelines to teach and changes to incorporate that streamline the processes. All before a set time so my participants are prepared for what lies ahead.
Earlier this week my computer decided to push through the Windows 10 update. Although I am all for updating technology the time it decided to make this change was not the best. If you’ve ever had your pc update you will know that sometimes it requires you to hit enter for it go to the next phase, or you have to get something done and now – you wait just so you can access the internet. Isn’t that how change works, the timing is never when it is convenient for you. No. It seems to be at the most inconvenient time. I imagine that change has its own set of eyes and looks into our calendars, picks the busiest days, and says “that’s when I’ll appear!”
This morning as I logged onto my computer to do some work I went to my favorites where I had saved the link to my blog. My posts were always one click away. Not today. Today I had no favorites. When the change occurred it removed all the favorites. Now I have to rebuild my list. See. Annoying. Or some of you may call it irritating, time consuming, or interruption. As my annoyance began to build God whispered to my spirit in an ever so faint voice – Removing the old with change and bringing in the new is not always bad.
God knows just what to say because I was already a bit annoyed with some recent changes I made to my blog with my hosting agent. The result of that change was all my followers were deleted. Annoyance was sitting in the waiting room. Waiting for the next instance to be delivered, and today it was. My favorites were gone.
Do you find that when change occurs and it removes familiar things, or comfortable things, we can get out of sorts? Why? Because we have to change the way we do things. We have to get used to the new. If any of you know me, although I heard God’s whisper I still got annoyed and posted my annoyance on social media. I wanted others to share my annoyance. That’s what change does – causes us to invite others.
At that moment God then reminded me of his chosen people. He brought to the forefront several people in the bible. Isn’t that just like God? He reminds us that we are not alone, and that He knows best.
He brought to mind:
Noah. He built an ark in the midst of a drought. Then he and his family boarded the ark for an unspecified period of time while the earth was flooded. He lost his home, friends, and familiar surroundings. Change. (Gen. 6)
Abraham. He left his home in Ur without knowing where he was going. He lost his home, friends, and familiar surroundings. (Gen. 12)
Joseph. He was sold by his brothers. He lost his home, friends, and familiar surroundings. (Gen. 37)
Esther. She was placed into the king’s palace by her uncle. She lost her home, friends, familiar surroundings. (Esth. 2)
The disciples. Jesus called them to follow him. They lost their homes, friends, familiar surroundings. (Mt. 4; Mk. 3; Lk. 5; Jn. 1)
Paul. Jesus called him to preach. He lost his home, friends, familiar surroundings. (Acts 9)
I don’t know about you, but for me God usually has to drive a point home using several examples. I wish I got it the first time. He has to drive it home with this hard head. Some of you may not be able to relate while others of you are nodding in agreement because you know exactly what I’m talking about. He didn’t stop with reminding me of them, He continued on with their outcome when change occurred.
After the Change.
Noah. He had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. His family began to rebuild, and became fruitful. (Gen. 8-9)
Abraham. He had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. He and his wife began to rebuild, and became fruitful. (Gen. 15 -18)
Joseph. He had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. He began to rebuild where he was, and became successful. (Gen 39 – 41)
Esther. She had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. She was now a Queen that used her position and influence that saved a nation. She was successful. (Esth. 5)
The disciples. They had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. They had a new mission, and influenced others for Christ. They were successful. (Mt. 4; Mk. 8; Lk. 5; Jn. 21)
Paul. He had a new home. A new life. New surroundings. He had a call on his life to influence others for Christ. He was successful. (Acts 13 – 28)
Are you seeing what I was hearing from God? With change comes a new beginning, a clean slate, a do-over. With change there is a common theme. Like the others who lost their favorites; their home, friends, familiar surroundings, change brought with it a new beginning and a successful intermission.
When God wipes the slate clean he is saying – let’s start over with a new beginning. Begin to rebuild where you are, embrace it, because soon success will follow. My blog followers are gone. My favorites are gone. But, not for long.
© Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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