Sometimes, it’s uncomfortable to think about the future and unknown change. But we can remember that our future is like a blank canvas waiting for God to paint our life’s portrait. God takes His time with each brush stroke to add lines, curves, texture, and color. Each brush stroke matters and helps our story build over time.
CHANGE CAN CAUSE ANXIETY
Change is constant, yet it’s the most resisted natural and supernatural reality. Change reminds us that life is temporal, and this can cause us to fight and cling to the familiar even though God promises a better life. This resistance can cause us pain and stress.
How’s your anxiety level? Check your emotional pulse, and see if any of these changes are causing stress or fear.
If you said yes to one, two, or all of the above, you’re not alone.
Sometimes, the answers we seek are found in questions. Let’s find hope in two simple questions Jesus asked.
WHAT WE FEAR
Why are you afraid? (Matthew 8:26, New Living Translation)
The disciples, unable to navigate their boat during a violent storm, were terrified. Jesus immediately redirected their attention and questioned why the storm was a threat in His presence.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Do you believe I can make you see? (Matthew 9:28 NLT)
Blind men desperately wanted their sight restored, and Jesus immediately redirected their attention and questioned their belief in Him.
Like annual seasons, change is certain, but there’s change we should deliberately seek—renewed minds. God wants us to experience inward change especially when we face outward change. A renewed or changed mind can face external circumstances with hope because hope isn’t passive. Hope is a radical faith pressing through every doubt that tries to discredit God.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
– Romans 12:2 (NLT)
GOD-SIZE LIVING COMES SLOWLY
We don’t grow spiritually by happenstance or by how much knowledge we acquired. Spiritual growth is not about what we’ve learned, but about what we’ve applied.
God-size living comes as we face each storm, and ask God to restore our spiritual eyes. Then, the power of fear pales against the power of God. We can expect God’s intervention, and we can stop saying “we can’t” when God says “we can.”
Have a blessed weekend.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.