I am not a fan of change.
Change used to be a welcomed event in my life. Moving off to college and then graduate school were good changes. Living on my own was a great change. Getting married was an awesome change. But there are certain changes that require more adjustment than others.
City Girl in the Country
I’m a city girl. I know, my last name is Citty and the pun was intended, but I’m truly an urban southern woman at heart. I’m from the Raleigh-Durham, a metro area rich in culture, jazz, great barbeque and college basketball. Very rarely do we come across people with Southern accents because of the diversity of the people within the area. I like my coffee, my traffic, tall buildings, and local restaurants.
I knew I had to embrace change when my husband received the call to become a youth minister in a small county in Virginia. In rural Virginia, people raise chickens, ride tractors, go fishing and hunt for sport. I’ve never touched a gun in my life, nor been around chickens. My husband had to explain to me how “tractor pulls” and “turkey shoots” worked. I still have no clue what they are or why anyone would want to damage a truck in a tractor pull. It makes zero sense to me.
Adjusting to a new area and a new church was challenging enough. Six weeks after our move, I gave birth to our son. Now I’m embracing change as a new mother. Some women are a natural when it comes to the newness of motherhood. I, on the other hand, was one big hot mess. I was more clueless about motherhood than I was about tractor pulls and turkey shoots. The attempt to figure motherhood away from family was a struggle.God is not a God who throws us into situations and leaves us hanging. Click To Tweet
It took me an entire year to settle down to my new surroundings. Postpartum depression was evident in my life, and the adjustment was chaotic and dark. I was far from embracing change in my life; if anything, I was trying to run far, far away from these changes. It felt like God threw me in an impossible situation and said, “Here you go! Have at it! You’re on your own.”
Oh how wrong was I.
Embracing Change A Little At A Time
God is not a God who throws us into situations and leaves us hanging. He guides us through the changes one step at a time. The God who established the earth, fixed it’s dimensions, and stretched a measuring line across it is with us in our difficulty (Job 38:5, HCSB). This same God created the world into being just by spoken word. He knows us. He cares about us. And He has a plan for each one of us.Day by day, breath by breath, our God is with us through the changes. Click To Tweet
One by one, God directed each step as I embraced each change. I embraced my role not only as a new mother, but a working mother as well. I embraced my community by learning to love the country life. Slowly but surely I am learning more about the wonderful people of Prince George, only to find out that their struggles are very similar to mine. We are all human in need of a Savior.
Day by day, breath by breath, our God is with us through the changes. He doesn’t toss us around like a child tossing an old toy away. He loves us, cares for us, and is with us through the changes. It is because of Him that we are able to embrace changes in our lives.
How is God directing the changes in your life? Do you feel like He has forgotten you? Don’t fret sisters. He is right there with you.
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