By: Deborah Lovett
One moment can change your life. One shift in reality as you knew it, can put you in shock. One loss after another can make you question God. How can we find God through change? And how can we live restored after something tragic happens?
The truth is everything changes every moment. The only One that never changes is God. We live in a constant swirl of change. Think about our ability to communicate globally within seconds—this has changed the way we even experience change. Language and body expressions change overnight. Market trends and fashion styles change by the season. Religious beliefs and understandings of such beliefs change with each new generation and counting…
One of my girlfriends was talking about my life in general, and the uncanny things that change it day in and day, and said, “Deb if I didn’t know you personally, and see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it.” Maybe you can relate.
There comes a time, though, when the pieces of puzzle seem to take shape and show a pattern. That pattern in my life has been reoccurring loss, through which I have learned who God really is by seeing Him in action. I began to see what was being taken from me, and what God was replacing it with. Finally, I started to pray harder, wiser, and with more power and began to see restoration with my own eyes. You see, spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials. We CAN be a people of hope in the midst of change or even despair. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. God really wants to bless us.
At speaking events I tell about experiencing God through persistent recognition of His work in my daily life. Any seemingly wonderful coincidence or chance is not luck, but His Hand at work.
Trace events in your own life, and begin to feel the courage to TRY and move on. This overwhelming evidence you find supports the fact that God is the ‘I AM.’ The I AM with you. I AM for you. I AM your maker. I AM forever. I AM Love. I AM your Bright and Morning Star. I AM to be trusted. I AM answering your prayers. I AM healing you. I AM watching over you. And I AM restoring you in the midst of your change because I AM never changing!
Here is my prayer for us as we journey through our flames of change:
Dear Lord, Help us see the beauty you bring from our ashes, tragedies, betrayals, rejections, losses, abuse, and sufferings. Please give us the gumption of hope it takes to look up, step out, move on, and be restored. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Today I am thankful that we can be finding God through change when we see it as a fleeting moment compared to His Son Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
© Deborah Lovett. (www.DeborahLovett.com) Deborah is an International Speaker for Women’s Events, Retreats, and Conferences and the author of Gushing Springs, a Bible Study on the “Woman at the Well.”
Instead of panicking when you experience change in life’s circumstances, consider asking God to change and fill your own heart (music by Hillsong).