Trusting In The Midst Of Change

"It is the Lord who goes before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed." - Deuteronomy 31:8

Whether it is moving to a new city, starting a new job, graduation, or any other major life event, our lives are constantly changing. In the midst of change there are two options for us, either we run towards Christ or we run away from Him. Our tendency with change is to sit in the midst of it and not talk to Christ about it. All of us desire for something in our life to be constant, but this is not realistic. At the end of the day, everything is changing around us and we ourselves are changing every second! So, what then is unchanging?

The only thing that is unchanging is God, so why is this important? If He is unchanging, then everything He says and promises does not change! God says that He is with us always, and since He is unchanging He can never leave us! With Jesus always with us, we must hold onto Him always even in the midst of hardships and change. Think about when Peter is walking on the water with Jesus and then Peter starts to drown in the sea. The reason Peter started to drown is because He lacked trust in Christ. As Peter is drowning, Jesus then reaches down to him as he is reaching out of the water for help, and He brings Peter back to the surface.

Place yourself into Peter's shoes in this story. Peter was stable on the water when he was trusting in Jesus, but as soon as he stoped trusting he started to drown. This is relatable to us when we go through change and we stop trusting and relying on Christ. But as soon as we reach out to Him, His hand is already in the midst of our chaos and He pulls us out. The more we trust in Him and go to Him in prayer, the more we realize that we cannot do anything without Him. So, that means that He is in the midst of the change in our life. And here is the thing, Jesus does not want us to drown, He wants you close to His sacred heart where streams of mercy and love flow!

The only expectation then throughout life is that Jesus remains and He never changes! His love is the same, and His mercy is endless. Like any good father, He is waiting to help His children when they cry out to Him. In the midst of our change and chaos, only first response should be to go to God and give Him our heart. Not just the beautiful parts of our heart, but every aspect of it. He wants it all, for He did not go through the passion for half of your heart, He did it for all of it!

The more we sincerely pray to God and be real with Him on how we are doing, the more we will trust in Him. And as a result, with more trust in God we can handle anything because we have the strength of the Lord in us! So, no matter how big or small the change is in your life, make your first response a sincere prayer from the heart to God. Without this, we will surely drown in an ocean of our anxieties. But, Jesus is always there reaching out to us in the midst of our struggles!

God bless,

Seth Conrad 

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