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Change is not a Four-Letter Word!

19 Jul

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Today, write about any topic you feel like — but you must reuse your opening line (at least) two more times in the course of your post.

It has been a good while since I have done a daily post. Life has been busy as late and I have been focusing more on other topics on my blog. But, I thought it would be fun to take the cause up again on a nice, wet rainy morning!

I do not know about where you live, but here it has been raining for a while. It rained all day, non-stop, yesterday and seems to have rained all night too. As I look outside my window, I see it is still raining. I am beginning to be worried by the fact that I do not own a boat!

It is not only the rain, but the temps that have me thinking as well. The temps here have been in the 70’s during the day (even as low as 68 yesterday afternoon) and in the 50’s at night. We are talking about July in the SE USA! Last summer was very mild and cool compared to your typical summer here. This year, June was a bit hot. So far, July has not been as bad on the whole. These latest temps are close to setting long standing records for lows.

I happen to like the cool trend. I am not much of a summer person. I like nice cool weather. I prefer Autumn above any season. 

Even though it has been a while since I have done a daily post, I have been keeping up with the prompts, changes and the new cast of characters that have taken up the cause. I have been a bit of a voyeur as late. I am not one who minds change, so it really has not bothered me. I have seen a few complaints about it all, but it seems many have settled into the new normal now.

Change tends to keep us honest and alert. Without change we get a bit too comfortable and apathetic. Before we know it, lethargy has set in and our creativity is full of rigor mortis.

Change helps us to grow. It stretches us. It is a creative chiropractor that pops our joints and loosens the tension from our stiff frames.

As a Christ-follower, I have been learning a good deal about change as of late. God has been taking me back to school, teaching me many things. As is often the case, many of the lessons have been painful and difficult. Much of this probably has to do with the thickness of my head (and, in all honesty, my heart) than anything else!

God has been teaching me much about faith. It seems everywhere I turn as late, there is a lesson about faith. This lesson has been going on now for over three years; but, recently, it has been coming together.

It is amazing how God will teach you in broad terms for a period of time. At first glance, the teachings seem to be completely unrelated and divergent. There does not seem to be much of a pattern to it at all. It is hard and confusing. You question and plead for clarity, but God simply says wait and trust.

In the last few months, these different strands have started to come together. I can now see God weaving a tapestry from the, seemingly, unrelated strands. It is truly a work of God. A work of grace!

The process is ongoing and I do not have all the dots connected just yet. But, I am learning (painfully at times!) to wait and trust in him.

So, even though it has been a while since I have done a daily post, I have been active. Change seems to be all around. And like many life-lessons, lessons we remember with clarity and absoluteness, it leaves its mark.

Sometimes those scars are not about ugliness or even hurt; sometimes they are mementos of grace. They are memorials that remind me of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Not all pain is evil. 

While I would probably wish for an easier path, a less arduous task, I must follow Christ where and as he leads. This is the call for all his disciples. I am not the navigator. I do not hold the map. I must simply wait, trust and obey. 

Change has a way of removing the scales from our eyes. I can become comfortable and complacent in the matter of seconds. Contentment is one thing, complacency is another. As a follower of Christ, I should be content under his Lordship and sovereignty; however, complacency has no place in my life. Complacency is a killer. It is a thief. It is an obstacle to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. 

Complacency is like molasses, it is thick and sticky. When it starts spreading in my heart, God inevitably brings change. God brings one of those life-lessons along to awaken me from my doldrums. God sends a lightning bolt to my tree of ease, as I pull a Rip Van Winkle beneath its boughs. It’s a jolt! It is a divine wake-up call.

I have learned when I see change around me . . . when I feel change in my heart, God is up to something. It is often painful and uncomfortable, but that is the point many times. Growing pains are not pleasant, but they are proof we are growing. 

So, journey on my fellow travelers. May we continue to follow the path of our Master. May we continue to wait, trust and obey him. For, wherever he is leading us, it will be beyond our imaginations! 

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5 responses to “Change is not a Four-Letter Word!

  1. granonine

    July 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Change has always been a part of my life, and sometimes it hasn’t been a good change. Most often, though, God makes a way for good to come out of not-so-good. Thanks for your post. I enjoyed it.

     
    • Timothy Murray

      July 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Thank you for the reply. Yes, there are definitely circumstances that lead to change that are not good.

       
  2. quattrohands

    July 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Change matters, especially when we take the time to learn along the way. I enjoyed this perspective.

     
    • Timothy Murray

      July 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, learning is a big part of it. I often pray for wisdom to see what God is doing and faith to follow. Thanks for the read and comment!

       

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