Change is good?

Change is good... or so I'm told. Sometimes I wonder.

Last Sunday, the pastor of our church announced he was leaving to work for Helping Hands Missions. After our pastor's trip to Uganda in March of this year, he knew the Lord was calling him into the mission field. Our church has watched, prayed, participated in multiple missions that include our local schools, our homeless. A group from my church went to Uganda with my pastor and those of us who remained prayed for them.

Our pastor is not only the leader of our church, but also a friend. I know he is following God's calling, but I'm still concentrating on my own flesh when I say I wish he were staying. I see the impact this church, this pastor's heart, has had on my family's life, and I realize that God is at work in every single thing. I know we are not to put our faith in man... still, I am torn. My family will press on. We will continue to stay at this church because we love it and are comfortable here. I don't want this change, but it is not my decision. How can you wrestle with change when it's completely a "God" thing?

I suppose we can wrestle all we want but in the end we know Who will win.

I'm also facing change at my job. Earlier this year, the company announced my department will be moving to another state. Other departments will fully relocate to my current location. We have the option to stay in this current town and change positions or follow our current position to the new location. I have made the choice to stay. Eventually those of us who do not move will interview for a new position. If we don't get a position, we will be given an offer management says will be reasonable.

Some may not receive an offer.

I realize this solution is better than receiving a pink slip, but still, I'm wrestling against this change as well. I'm trying to see the bright side, but sometimes, it's hard to see the sun through the clouds. You know its there, and there's a definite glare, but the sun just won't shine.

I don't know where I intended to go with this post, other than to say that change is inevitable. Is it good? For some, it will be.  For me, stay tuned....

Comments

Joanne said…
I know what you mean. I find change to be the hardest thing for me. I never want things to change. I even get so sad a the thought that my daughter will one day go off to college. I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but I guess all I can say is I understand how you feel...and I guess feel blest in a way to be a witness to Gods calling on this Pastor to do his work. I hope this helps. Blessings, Joanne
Vince said…
Hi Christy:

Change is neutral.

It is the effects of change that are either good or bad.

And as Shakespeare wrote:

Hamlet: “Why then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Some things we can’t control but we can always control how we choose to react to them.

Vince
Dianna Shuford said…
Don't focus on the change itself. Look forward to the day when the change is over- done with- and you can use hindsight to witness God's hand in everything. In His timing everything works toward good. Many times in the midst of change, it's easy to lose sight of God's will in your circumstances.
First off, I really enjoy your blog. I don't always comment (sorry), but I've been following.
Second - there is a whole 'theory of change'. I have no advice. Thank you for your honesty with the struggle. Blessings to you!

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