We love changes that we initiate, but few of us appreciate changes that happen to us or around us. We wholeheartedly dive into that which we inspire, without any thought for the numerous adjustments needed to facilitate our dream, but we find it hard to adjust to the things we didn’t ask for or desire.
It’s hard to be happy for someone whose positive change impacts our lives negatively. We want to support them, but we don’t like the sacrifice we have to endure. Some times we can more easily accept the changes if we’re given consideration or say in the matter. Not that we need to have a say, since we’d probably support the same choice for change, but we would have felt more prepared for the things we would face.
Not knowing what is coming is unsettling for all of us. Oh, some like the adrenaline rush they get when the roller coaster shoots around a blind corner into a sudden loop, but most of us want to see where we’re headed. We want to have a sense of being prepared, or feel some sense of control – A feeling of being grounded.
The unsettling fact is that we can no longer trust having advanced notice of change in order to feel stable. We can no longer bank on the fact that earthquakes will only happen in California. We can’t count on our job being at one company for 30-40 years. Even the institution of marriage for many people has lost its life long stability. According to one poster, the only thing we can count on is change.
The unrest we feel can only be stabilized by something or someone who is stable. After all, a moving object can’t stabilize another moving object. A firm foundation is needed in our lives to give us a strong sense of perspective, understanding, and stability. It has to come from someone who is sovereign and is strong enough to generate providence.
The answer is certain: We must get to know our creator. He made us for a purpose before the foundation of the earth. He created everything we need to accomplish that purpose and gives us opportunity to talk and listen to him daily for instruction, guidance and to receive true stability in the middle of crisis.
My dad was a cop and found himself running into blazing buildings, shooting at gunmen, and evacuating people from poisonous gases. There was one question I asked numerous times because it was difficult to understand. How can two people be in the same harms way and one is confidently helping the other out of the circumstances, while the other is petrified for their life? He said one was stable and the other was not.
One Sunday afternoon when I was a kid, we were watching the FBI show on TV. During the chase scene we suddenly heard a crash and felt the house shake. It wasn’t cool 3D sound, but rather a car had crashed into the neighbor’s house. I ran to the car and saw blood everywhere. The passenger was unconscious and the driver barely able to speak.
The neighbor lady who was a trained nurse ran over to the car to stop the passenger’s bleeding. Unfortunately, the sight of all the blood in her neighborhood was more than she could handle. She passed out. I took over until my mom arrived. My dad explained that the nurse was never expecting such a serious accident in her own neighborhood and was shocked by the devastating circumstances. He said that my ability to handle the crisis that day came from my adrenaline rush watching and enjoying the car chase scene.
Perspective gives us stability and God’s viewpoint on life helps us understand all types of stability in varying situations. The only stability we have in life that never changes comes from the one who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He knows all things and freely allows us to ask him for wisdom. How cool is that? We can ask him daily for wisdom and every time he gives it liberally. We don’t have to be stuck or caught off guard for any length of time, as we can just chat with him about our circumstances.
Instability can just be a calling card for a chat with our Creator. It’s a chance to gain more wisdom, a better perspective, and sound stability in life. It is the only thing I know of that allows us to embrace change regardless of how it comes upon us.