Change Happens
Julia Bettencourt

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Change is something that we all go through. We have big changes in our lives and we have little changes. Some of us get set in our ways and we don't like change and I'm not saying that all change is good. There are some things I don't want to change myself but the fact is in life we all go through some type of change and it affects us in some way.

Here are some people in the Bible who went through change.
  • Ruth
    Ruth lost her husband which caused change. The loss of her husband caused Ruth's life to be displaced. I remember when my father passed away. My mother seemed so alone and it was hard to see her that way. I know many ladies who have lost their husbands and it is such a struggle for them, especially at the beginning right after their loss. They are so used to functioning as a couple that moving on alone is almost unbearable for them. That's where Ruth found herself.

    Ruth moved to a different location too. I've moved many times and I think I've mentioned before that whenever I see a U-Haul or a moving van I send up a prayer for the family it belongs to. Believe me. It's tough to move. Sometimes you move away from family and friends. You may not even know a single soul where you are moving to. It takes some time to adjust to a move even if it isn’t far away and just from one house to another.

    Ruth had to learn to adjust to where she was in her life. God blessed Ruth with a new husband because that was God's plan, but that's not always his plan for every widow. He may not bless in that way but God has a purpose to everything that happens.

  • Mary, the Mother of Jesus
    Mary found out she was going to have a baby through an angel. Not only was she carrying a child, but it was the Son of God. What a change that would turn out to be in her life.

    Becoming a parent always causes change in our lives. No matter what your circumstances are, when you find out you are having a baby, it causes dramatic change. We may be overjoyed at the prospect of having a child and feel totally blessed about it but still it changes our whole lives. It is not only a change for you but affects everyone in the household.

    Look at where Mary was in her life. She wasn’t even married to Joseph officially yet. I wonder how she felt and what went through her mind when her life was changed so dramatically. We know now how we all have been blessed by Mary carrying our Savior. It was what God had in his master plan to bring salvation to the world.

  • Paul
    Paul's life was changed dramatically when he met Christ on the Road to Damascus. I think we all look at him as this strong Christian who faced life with courage and he did, but what a change it was in his life. Even his name was changed. Even those we think of as "strong" Christians have struggles when it comes to change.

    Look at the things that happened to Paul because of the change in his life by accepting Christ as Lord. Life wasn't easy for him. He was even put in prison but God had a plan for Paul's life and we are still encouraged and blessed today by how he lived and what he shared in his letters.

  • Joseph
    Joseph’s life changed unexpectedly when he found himself in prison and away from his family and all that he knew. In the end God blessed his life but how alone Joseph must have felt when he found himself locked away in a prison far from home.

    God had a plan for Joseph but not only for Joseph but for his whole country because God used Joseph to build up the food storage before the famine came. God was working in every change that Joseph went through.

  • Job
    Job went through change when God allowed Satan to test him. One of the things that happened to Job was that he ended up with boils that Satan struck him with. Not just a few boils but from his head down to his feet (Job 2:7).

    Losing your health can cause major change in someone's life. It not only affects the person with the health problems but it can cause havoc on their family as well. The change caused by health problems can veer in all directions.
Conclusion:
Change can be hard. On the other hand, some change can be easy but in the end, we can learn from it. Sometimes it helps make us stronger. Sometimes we look back and see how God worked through it and that is such a blessing.

Other times though, we don't know why we had to endure change. Sometimes we can't see God's plan and sometimes we never will know why He worked in a certain way.

Change will happen. In the end, all we can do is trust the Lord and allow His moving and leading because we know that God always has a plan.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

So, what have you learned from change?

Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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