Coping with Change

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At the time of this writing, it’s been ten days since my last post.  It seems like a lifetime.

The previous three or four weeks have been both breath-taking and heart-wrenching.  We faced our grandson’s second open heart surgery head-on.  We had no choice. It was time.  And, might I add, Praise God! Our little Elijah is doing well.

We also ran smack into our oldest son’s final high school basketball season.  Again, we had no choice. It was time.  This may seem insignificant to some, but for a family who so closely does life together, this -and what it represented- was a big deal.  Granted, it wasn’t the same caliber as our grandson’s surgery, but it still had its place, and our hearts still ached at its happening.

To be honest, I didn’t receive gladly these changes in my life. But unwelcome change is inevitable, whether we’re ready or not. It’s part of this journey we live.

So what happens when we are burdened by change?  When we have no choice but to encounter our fears. When regardless of how hard we’re attempting to brake, we cannot stop the train we’re riding.  It has one destination in mind, and we have no power of our own to alter its course or to even slow it down.  How do we cope during these times?

I can’t answer for everyone, but I will share with you what I have found to be helpful.

I pray, for there is power in prayer.  I ask for the peace, courage, strength, and wisdom I so desperately need.   And when I need help praying, I summon reliable prayer warriors to stand in the gap with me.

Then comes surrender and trust.

These are not easy, but there is nothing more freeing than truly surrendering your trouble to God and trusting Him with the end result. This is not a sign of weakness or defeat.  Rather, it is an intentional step toward victory.

Victory because I am choosing to lean on Him.  Because I can trust Him to handle whatever comes my way — despite the outcome, He is there and He is faithful.  Victory in knowing problems will one day be no more; one day all will be good again.  Victory simply because I am His.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

 

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