We are surrounded by it. It is inevitable. So why do we fear it? Why do we despair? Because we live in a fallen world and our hearts yearn for control. Fear of change is really fear of the unknown. We fear most change because we were not the ones who set it in motion. We despair because things changed in a way we would not have chosen for ourselves.
All around us are things growing, changing, living and dying. We grow anxious because our minds become focused on the unpredictable sea of life; the impending storm on the horizon, the swells with their high peaks and dark valleys that feel like tombs, the heavy waves that crash over us unexpectedly.
As the year 2014 draws to an end and I reflect over its days there has been ample change that could have caused my heart to fear. My husband had a drastic career change after 10 years throwing us into a storm of unpredictability that carried us 800 miles away into new job, community, and home. In the middle of all this, I lost two uncles this summer one month apart in tragic accidents.
But my hopeful heart remained anchored to the promises of God.
My heart held fast even more so to Him who fulfilled these promises.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:19-20
This is the truth you can anchor your heart to. Whatever changes we are riding out in this storm of life in our little boats, remember you are on the same sea as Jesus, who as creator calmed the tempest with just his words, “Peace, be still”.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Maybe the changes in your life are loss of a loved one, sickness, tragedy, new relationships, new baby, miscarriage, babies growing up, kids starting school, kids leaving for college, new job, new home, search for friends.
No matter what unknown you face today or what will come tomorrow, you can have hope.
It is by tempest and tossing that we shall come to land, as He did before us. Jesus is the star of the sea; and though there may be sorrow upon the sea, when Jesus is on it there is joy too.
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:17-20 NLT)