I’ve learned the hard way that change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us. It can show us who we’ve become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. – Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet
Kristen opens chapter two by telling the story of her cousin John, and how his 6.5″ would intimidate those who crossed his path.
We can try to run from it, but we can’t hide.
I don’t handle change well. I like routine, for things to look and feel the same. I get comfortable with a part of my life and I want to hang onto it for dear life.
I will admit, change invokes a certain fear in my heart — even the good changes.
But what if I were to choose to not give in to the fear that change brings? What if I, as Kristen so beautifully pointed out, chose to walk toward it with an assurance of safety. What if I could really acknowledge this change as God’s next best for me?
We can open our arms towards heaven knowing that this change, no matter how intimidating, is approved by a good, gentle and gracious God who desires us to see and feel him in our every day lives.” – Kristen Strong, Girl Meets Change
Just how God gives us a fresh, new and different sunrise each day, so our lives are made of moments that differ and change with the wind, all to bring depth to our story.
I am so quick to look at my surroundings and my circumstances and think that’s it. I’ve lived the best part of my life and it’s all down hill from here. But the story doesn’t end just because my circumstances change.
I love how Kirsten shared the story of Joseph. This man, full of hope and promise, thrown into prison. Boy did his circumstances change! But he chose to believe that God could use him there, in that dark and desolate place, and that God would somehow bring him into His purpose. Wow!
Joseph’s story did not end with him low in the pit. And it won’t end for you there either!
If anyone had reason to be unsettled due to an inward change, it was Mary. Imagine being visited by the Angel of the Lord in your young, teen years and being told you, a virgin, were to give birth to the Christ child. Mary had every reason to turn and run. But instead, she simply said “yes”.
I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:38 NIV)
Mary said yes to this change and was willing to face ridicule because of it. She truly believed that nothing was impossible for God.
I have a long way to go in accepting change as Mary did. Instead, I mumble, groan and complain and want to throw a giant, “why me!” pity party. I’ve been known to ask God to find a way for me to escape the change, but in His wisdom and love, he reminds me that the only way out of change is through it.
Sometimes God brings us into a difficult season of change to grow and mature us. We often will not see the purpose behind it until we’ve come through it. All the while we must remember that change is not the end. God’s grace and goodness are.
Kristen reminds us that just as God did for Joseph and Mary, He will use the change to carefully and purposefully weave His blessings into our lives.
What are you battling with the most? Inward or outward change?
How has Chapter Two impacted you? I would love for you to share in the comments below.