It is back-to-school time. The new school year begins for many of our children this week. Almost without exception, there will be change; new teachers, new curriculum, and new friends. For many this may even mean there will be a new school or campus waiting for them. Change, although scary and sometimes painful, is good. Change is what gets us out of our comfort zone and causes us to move forward. Without change there would be no new growth in our lives and we would become stagnant. But, it is human nature to resist change in order to keep things status quo and familiar. Because of this, our Heavenly Father sometimes must work overtime to get us out of our comfort zone so that we may grow and prosper spiritually. His desire is for us to become seasoned and mature, functioning in the capacity that we were created for. We may never realize all that God has planned for our lives, but we could start by allowing Him to grow us through change. We do have a choice-we can either go forward kicking and screaming or peacefully submit to His will. Learning to trust Him in all things is the key to being at peace through times of change. If you are experiencing anxiety or stress due to changes in your life, give it to God. Tell Him you trust Him and allow His peace, "which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
"God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love--like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do." Ephesians 4:15 MSG
Pastor Frank Dodson