Life is full of changes and transitions. Depending on the changes that are coming your way, this can be really exciting or quite frightening. You are probably familiar with this phrase: “the winds of change.” This expression can be used to describe the significant changes that come into affect in the world, in a specific culture, in an organization, or life in general. But, the average person might not use this phrase to describe the changes they face from week to week, or month to month for that matter. When things change on this smaller scale – if we can call it “smaller” – we are not always confronted with our limitations or our weaknesses.
Yet, there are times when the winds of change are moving toward us with great strength and things begin to feel unstable. In these moments, the winds feel like they are blowing right over us with great force and their rumblings can be felt in every area of life. At other times, these winds bring a welcome breath of fresh air, as we celebrate achievements, victories and milestones. The winds can be completely debilitating or entirely renewing.
I want to focus on the winds of change that strike a measure of fear in us and unnerve us.
When I feel this kind of instability and when I sense my limitations, I am reminded that I probably need to step back and consider the immovability of God. Consider these gospel realities as you stare-down these high-speed winds. I would encourage you to grab a Bible and reference these texts, as well.
1. God leads the way and secures the path (Isaiah 43:2).
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
This passage does not guarantee ease, but it does promise safety in God. It does not guarantee the elimination of suffering or change, but it does promise that you will not be swallowed up. The strong gusts of wind and the raging river will not overwhelm you, so you can trust that God is leading the way and he has secured the path for you. You do not need to be afraid because God is leading you towards himself. Change is hard, but God can use change to draw us to himself and bring an end to our self-reliance.
2. Christ the Rock is unshakable and immovable (Matt 7:24-27).
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Sometimes things can seem unstable – right?!?! Relationships evolve; friendship circles grow and shrink; children grow up and parents grow older; loyal customers leave and new managers are hired; our bodies’ age and our health can decline. But, Christ does not change and he does not grow weary. He is unshakeable and he is immovable. So, build your trust on Him and place your hope in Him. Christ, the solid rock, single-handedly commands every particle of matter in your life. This is Good News for those of us who are weary, afraid, or confused.
3. The immovable God gives you all that you need (2 Peter 1:3).
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence”
The changing landscape of our lives and the winds that push against us cannot prevail against the power of God. This verse reminds us that he has given (freely given) to us all things that we will need for life and godliness. Strength, endurance, patience, wisdom, guidance and grace are all given to us in the proper measure, at the proper time. The Good News is that the immovable, unchangeable King of the Universe holds in his hands the very resources that you will need to face the change in your life. And, he is not going to withhold good things from you.
So, step back and consider the immovability of God and trust the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain you.