How to Face Change without Freaking Out

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Path_1200x1260We live in a world of change: environment changes, fashion changes, technology changes, and even our hearts change as we grow in spiritual maturity. So, why does change put our defenses into a panic?

Change announces there will be an unforeseen result. Our present situation will be replaced by something unfamiliar and our faith is challenged.

We can’t stop life from evolving, but we can learn how to face change without freaking out and transform fear into faith.   

Let’s look at a few individuals in John 1:35-39 and notice four responses that remind us how change can shape our faith.

Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, ‎and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

John 1:35-39 New American Standard Bible  

John the Baptist was a bold voice preparing the way for the coming Messiah. Now, it was time for John to step back because Jesus was about to begin His ministry.

John the Baptist and two of his disciples, Andrew and another presumed to be John, the author of the Gospel of John, knew change would come. They experienced an unprecedented transition that brought lifesaving change. These were exciting times but scary for ordinary men. Here’s how these disciples responded to change.

FIRST, they heard. You might wonder what that has to do with faith or spiritual courage. If we’re hearing, we’re not talking—we’re listening. Our attention is directed toward the whispers of the Holy Spirit. That stops us from speaking or thinking doubt. Listening to words of faith from God’s Word or through prayer strengthens our spirit.   

SECOND, they followed. Once again we may think, I follow Jesus—what’s the big deal? You have to remember (especially if you’re someone like me who’s a multitasking, checklist-structured Martha) when we’re following, we’re not leading. Our culture applauds leadership, so it’s easy to forget, we’re not the person in charge. It’s important to hear and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

THIRD, they sought more. It wasn’t enough to follow; they wanted to know, “Where are you staying?”

Jesus lives in our hearts, but where is He today? Can we find Him residing within our entire hearts? Or, have we created limited access? Have we opened every door and welcomed the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives? We need to seek Him and desire what He desires. 

FOURTH, they remained. Change transformed ordinary men into faithful messengers of hope. To remain in Jesus means disappointments can become opportunities, hardships can become valuable teachers, and sometimes, a hindered path is God’s intervention.


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Part of learning to face change without freaking out is to consider Jesus’ question, “What do you seek?

What a great question. Life isn’t easy, but when we seek Jesus, it’s filled with love and peace. We don’t have to freak out when change comes, just remember the four steps.   

1) Hear Him

2) Follow Him

3) Seek Him  

4) Remain in Him

The Holy Spirit will replace our fears with faith so we can live our potential in God’s Kingdom.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick


New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). . LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

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