A great question to ask in seasons of change…

Recently, a friend shared with me some wisdom.  This friend said that the older you get the more you have to embrace change as an adventure.  Before I tell you the thoughts this wisdom prompted, I just want to observe that this is the kind of wisdom only shared with someone who is getting older.  It is kind of like saying “at your age.”  Okay, now that is out of the way, here are some thinking thoughts triggered by my friend’s wisdom.

Trust is a huge issue in seasons of change.  For example, as I watch my daughter get ready to finish High School and head out to college I know that change is on its way.  I will navigate this change because I trust my daughter and her choices.  I will navigate this change because I trust the parenting my wife and I have done these first 17 years.  I will navigate this change because I trust my daughter’s faith.  Trust is a huge issue in seasons of change.

In seasons of change, the input I most often receive from people is to trust God.  I appreciate this and the encouragement is both right and helpful, especially since God is always trustworthy?   In seasons of change, in seasons of plenty and in seasons where resources are thin, His trustworthiness is never really in question.   I guess what I am saying is that the trustworthiness of God does not change even when life does.  Let’s take that truth one step further.

God is all powerful, meaning that He not only has all the power, He also has the power to do anything and everything.  He is all loving, meaning that there is no moment in time when His love is not active in my life.  He is all knowing, meaning He always knows what to do, what I need and knows me on a level no one else does.  He is sovereign, meaning that He can use whatever He chooses to accomplish whatever needs to be done.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that these qualities make Him pretty trustworthy and I will even go one step more, His trustworthiness is not influenced by change in my life.

Do you want to take a guess whose trustworthiness is not nearly as consistent in seasons of change?  If you said mine you are the winner.  Here is how I am learning/choosing to see my life these days.

God has handed me my life as a gift and contained within this life are amazing experiences.  Some of these amazing experiences are filled with wonder and happiness and some are filled with sadness and hurt.  Most are filled with both.  The reality is this; God’s gift of life makes me a steward of this life.  What I mean is that God has entrusted me with this change filled adventure called my life.  The question is will I be trustworthy?

Can I be trusted with this adventure?  What seems to me to be a much better question than “can God be trusted” is “will I choose to be trustworthy?”  You see, this question shifts the focus from me and my change to the goodness of God in all seasons of life.  Instead of thinking about whether or not God can be trusted, I lean into the choice to not only trust God but to look for his plan and purpose in my life.  This question helps me embrace change as an adventure and a gift from God.  This question affirms the reality that I owe God everything.  Here is what I know for sure; I can trust God.  Here is what I want to be, trustworthy.  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on January 4, 2011.

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