Coping with change
I’ve been thinking a lot about change recently because I have moved to a different city, made new friends and started a new course at a new University.
This past month has seen a lot of change introduced into my life and it made me wonder, how do you deal with change?
There are seasons for crying and seasons for laughing.
In the Bible there is a verse that explains how there is a season, or a place in time, for everything. There are seasons for crying and seasons for laughing. There are seasons of mourning and seasons of dancing. There are different distinct periods of our life where we will experience different things, and these things can be full of joy, or full of tension.
What type of season are you in now?
Maybe you’re thriving. Maybe you are overwhelmed by joy, and you love life and are fulfilled by all the wonderful things you’re doing. Maybe you take each day as it comes, and you savour each precious moment.
Or maybe you’re struggling, and life doesn’t feel bright. Let me just say that if you’re in this place, that’s completely normal. The Bible explains how we have these seasons of tension, where we will struggle and cry and mourn.
Maybe it’s the loss of a family member, a friend who has rejected us, or an issue of belonging. There are so many different circumstances that could cause us to feel less than loved.
God loves us no matter what happens in our lives.
But there’s a bigger picture. God loves us no matter what happens in our lives. You see, God is good, but life is hard. Although you’re mourning, God still loves you passionately and wants to bring transformation into your life.
He wants to guide you, and help you navigate your season of change. He wants you to thrive even in the hard times (yes, it’s possible!) and he wants you to know how loved you are, despite those times when you feel like life is really hard.
I believe that a healthy response to seasons of sadness, is to allow yourself the space to process why you’re sad. What was it that caused this emotional change? But don’t stay here. Continue to grow. Move forward. Get rid of your sadness and exchange it for a new song of joy.
You’ll thrive even if everything around you feels like it’s falling apart, because God is the one who holds you together.
The journey might take a long time, but I know God has the best season stored up for you. If you keep your eyes focused on him during this season of change, you will thrive. You’ll thrive even if everything around you feels like it’s falling apart, because God is the one who holds you together.
I know this because this past month has been full of new experiences. Naturally I take time to process change, but I have felt so comfortable in this season, and so peaceful despite everything around me moving so quickly. I know that if God loves me enough to give me peace and mental clarity, then he can do the same for you.
No matter what’s changing in your life, or what season you’re in, I hope you know you are so loved by Jesus. I hope you understand that his goodness isn’t determined by how well our life pans out. When it gets hard we can cling to him, and when it’s going well we can sing his praises.
He cares about you, and he wants you to thrive today.