Winds of Change: How to Face Them Without Fear

Jerusha Agen Fighting Fear 7 Comments

winds-of-change-blog-meme-1280x853I was known as the queen of tradition. Well, my siblings would probably call me more of a stickler for tradition.

As we grew old enough to question traditions, my siblings started to want to change some of our long-established modes of doing things. It began with Christmas—the most sacred traditions of all. Suddenly, my brothers wanted to make a change here and another change there.

I fought against those changes with all I had in me.

My siblings thought I was too hung up on tradition. But what they never seemed to understand was that I wasn’t fighting to uphold tradition for its own sake. I stood between them and those traditions because I loved those traditions.

In my mind, the way in which we celebrated Christmas, and other elements of our lives that they wanted to change, were already perfect. Any change to something perfect would necessarily be negative, or at least inferior to the long-standing tradition.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to understand that not all change is so unpleasant. There are some things in my life that I hope will change, that I eagerly anticipate will change some day. But these are areas where I know the change will be an improvement.

There are still aspects of my life where I dread change. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. Most of us, if we have something precious in our lives, don’t want to welcome a change that will take that treasured thing from us.

wind-blowing-snow-off-mountain-1280x784Perhaps you have a child, sibling, or grandchild you’ll have to see move away from home or grow into someone you don’t recognize. Maybe the boss who made your job great is going to leave. You may have to move or face a change that breaks up your happy family or ends a special tradition. You may face divorce, illness, or death.

These are the changes we never want to see happen. These are the changes we fear.

Entering a new year, I can already feel the threat of changes looming. Yes, some changes in 2017 will be positive, but some will be quite the opposite. For you and for me, some changes this year might bring us grief and pain.

My tendency is to let anxiety and fear cluster in my heart as I anticipate those negative changes. As I brace to encounter them around the next corner.

The scary thing is that I know they’ll be there. Change is inevitable. Everything in life changes.

Or does it?

Reading through Hebrews a couple days ago, I encountered this astonishing statement—a promise to cling to:

jesus-is-the-same-meme-1280x961Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

Can you imagine? Something good that won’t ever change! And not just something good, but the ultimate good—our Savior, Protector, Friend, Brother, Priest, Redeemer.

The fulfillment of every desire of our hearts, of everything we will ever need in this life and for all eternity will never change.

…for he has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” –  Hebrews 13:5

The God who said that will never change, so His promise will never expire or fail. For a person like me who doesn’t like change and who is afraid of difficult changes, this promise—this fact—is incredible.

If we can grasp this truth, we can face any change that comes our way without fear, no matter how negative the change may be. Our powerful and loving Father promises to always be with us, giving us strength to face what we must.

If you don’t feel you have the strength to handle the latest negative change in your life, or it seems like everything you held dear has been changed for the worse, remember that it’s not true that everything changes.

Remember that the best thing in life will never change. He’s right there with you, unchanging, forever.

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Have you had to face a difficult change in your life? Do you worry about the next change that might come? Please join the conversation!

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  1. Patricia Bradley

    I don’t like change in traditions, either, and have never understood why people get all excited about it. And I love the verses in Hebrews. It is so comforting to know Jesus is always there, never changing!

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      Jerusha Agen

      That is such a comfort, isn’t it, Patricia? One that I forget to think about when life is changing all around me. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves traditions! Thanks for joining the conversation today, Patricia!

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      Jerusha Agen

      I’m so thankful God used this post to encourage you, Helene! It is so comforting to know that Jesus will be the same throughout the changes you’re facing right now. I’ll pray that He gives you comfort and courage to handle the change in your life. Thanks so joining the conversation!

  2. Beth Sanders

    You’re certainly not the only one who loves traditions, Jerusha! Especially Christmas traditions, too! (Although our family’s Christmas traditions have never been threatened by unsympathetic siblings — ha, ha! 🙂 )

    On a serious note, however, I also dislike change if it isn’t something I perceive as “good.” Like you, I know I’ll be facing some changes in this new year that I’d rather avoid (e.g., getting a full-time job), and others that I look forward to (e.g., buying my own car). But I love the way you reminded us of the unchangeableness of Jesus Christ! That is definitely a promise to rejoice in and cling to at the beginning of a new year! (And any other time, as well.)

    I came across James 1:17 yesterday, and it fits right in with your post: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Praise God that He will NEVER change!

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      Jerusha Agen

      Thanks for your commiseration, Beth! 😉 I LOVE that verse from James that you shared! It’s so beautiful and poetic, and the truth of it is so incredibly comforting. There’s not even any variableness in our Father, or shadow of turning! What an awesome promise. Thanks for sharing that comfort, Beth. I pray God gives you wisdom and courage for the changes ahead.

      1. Beth Sanders

        Thanks for your prayers, Jerusha! I certainly could use God’s wisdom and courage to be able to face the big UNKNOWNS out there (and a heaping dose of patience, as well, to wait on His leading). But it is so comforting to know that He is right there with us through all of life’s changes!

        God’s blessings to you!

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