Why is change SO hard?
It is part of the human condition to be confused about change. At times, we long for things to be different, yet when that hoped for change comes, we often find ourselves wishing we could go back to the way things were. It is natural to grieve the loss of what is familiar, and I believe that it is God’s way of drawing us back to Him.
When we are comfortable and content, we often unintentionally begin to move our faith away from God and begin to place it in other things: friendships, activities, material things, etc.. We can so easily begin to construct idols out of the familiar. When these things are taken away from us, we find ourselves disoriented, stripped of our comfort, and vulnerable to new and unwanted feelings. Our natural inclination is to run back towards what we “know”, to what is “safe”.
David often felt this way. He writes of his longings to be in a place of physical and emotional safety. He wanted to flee back to the comforts of a former time, but instead he learned to turn toward God.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.” (139: 7-10 ESV)
So, don’t be discouraged when things change, and you don’t feel “normal” anymore. Be encouraged that our God is UNCHANGING. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has numbered the hairs on your head and written your name on the palm of His hand.
Today, if your feelings take you to a place of sadness and fear, let your mind take you to a place of reassurance that God has a plan for you in this season of change and trust in the knowledge that His plans are always good!