Maneuvering Life's Transitions
My mother shoplifted today - not because she
is a kleptomaniac, or lacking in morals, but
because she has Alzheimer's disease. She probably
doesn't even remember putting the objects into
mother's illness has dramatically and irrevocably
changed my life. This disease has transformed
my lifestyle, commitments, faith, emotions,
and relationships. Just when I thought I was
beginning to know some of life's answers, it
seems all of the questions were changed.
comfort zone has definitely been expanded. No
matter what the age or circumstance, life is
constantly changing. As someone once stated,
"God comforts the disturbed and disturbs
have the privilege of working with high school
seniors. Each spring, I witness a phenomenon
that I call "senior panic". All of
a sudden, these young people realize that what
has been predictable, reliable, and safe is
being traded for the unknown. While there are
still feelings of excitement and celebration
at thoughts of graduation, there are also fears
and apprehension about the future. Some seniors
who at one time couldn't wait to go to the college
farthest from home, change their plans to attend
a college closer to home.
- even positive change - can bring discomfort
and uncertainty. Change is constant, though
I often struggle with it. I'm much more comfortable
with routine, familiarity and certainty. But
no matter how I may try to fight it, change
than likely, your grandfather worked at the
same job for years, perhaps even retiring with
the same company in which he began his career.
Today, the odds are that a person will completely
change careers five times during his or her
lifetime. Even if a person manages to stay within
the same career, she must continually acquire
new skills, training and information.
think of the global impact of the computer chip
and the Internet, or the personal impact of
a mid-life crisis, divorce, or job loss. Minor
changes we can usually take in stride. But periodically,
most of us face major changes that require huge
the winds of change begin to blow around us,
annoying us, obscuring our vision, throwing
us off balance, and sometimes knocking us to
the ground with its great force, we can trust
in One who is never surprised by change. The
Bible tells us, "Trust in the Lord, forever,
for in God, the Lord, we have an Everlasting
Rock" (Isaiah 26:4).
When my comfort zone is distributed, I trust
in three things I know to be predictable, reliable
God's love does not change.
God's Word does not change.
God's attributes do not change.
when I have been thrust into a dramatic change
in my life, feelings of doubt, insecurity, and
fear begin to overshadow me. I'm plagued by
thoughts like, "See, no one really cares."
day, during prayer, Christ broke into my fearful
thinking and reminded me of the Bible verse,
"I have loved you with an everlasting love,
with loving kindness I have drawn you to Me"
(Jeremiah 31:3). This promise continues to chase
away feelings of insecurity and doubt.
know that God's love will never waver. He proved
His love to me by leaving heaven with all of
its glory, coming to earth as a baby, growing
up to be a sinless man, then taking my sins
upon Himself and dying in my place. Still, His
love does not stop there. He continues to make
intercession for me to the Father and is preparing
my home with Him in heaven. He knows me intimately
and loves me in spite of all my flaws.
know God's love does not change, God's Word
does not change, and God's attributes do not
change. When my world is upside down and people
I thought I could count on are deserting me,
turning on me, or indifferent to me - knowing
God does not change, anchors my soul. He is
from Everlasting to Everlasting. He is the Rock
we can trust in when the sands of change shift
beneath us. Cling to Him and He will restore
you to solid ground.
is a professional life coach. You can reach
her at debbie@livingpositivelyonpurpose.
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