How to Find Stability in Change
There is a lot of beauty in new seasons, but they never seem to come without sacrifice. The trade for Winter comes with a ton of rain and wormy smelling days, but beautiful flowers and lush landscapes would not appear if it weren't for those gloomy moments. I don't know about anyone else, but I am in the midst of some hard transitions in pretty much every area of my life. In my experience with change, I know that God always works it for my good. But, as a type-A person, it is stressful. To give you an idea of what the last month of my life has looked like... An important relationship ended, I moved an hour away from the city I love into my grandmother's home, and there have been big transitions made in both of my jobs. Yeah, it's a lot all at once! To some, just one of these things might seem life ending as they know it. In my perspective, prayers are being answered, just not in the way I personally pictured it.
After weeks of analyzing situations and being completely exhausted by my thoughts, I woke up one morning and my very first thought was Proverbs 3:6. "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." I knew that was a divine thought and not my own. For the rest of the day, my mind was at ease knowing that He had this. What really stood out of me was the word acknowledge. "In all your ways acknowledge Him..." What does it mean to acknowledge the Lord? I thought on this all day before realizing how simple it is.
Everyone has likely been in a situation where they were in a room and someone entered. You expected a greeting from this person and they acted like you didn't exist at all. Ouch, right? Being ignored in this way is uninviting and you likely won't talk to that person unless they approach you because you are uncertain of where they stand with you. You might even feel awkward and out of place, as if you are a fool to believe that you belonged there. This might even be frustrating if let's say you are eating at a fancy restaurant and would like your waiter's advice on the menu but his business has kept him from really acknowledging you beyond tossing some tap water and bread your way.
Thinking of scenarios like this is upsetting because we have all been there! Yet often times this is how we are interacting with God. We think that checking our boxes is enough, yet He is left uninvited or welcomed. Just because a waiter brings you water and bread does not mean that he has welcomed you or showed gratitude by acknowledging your patronage. I have found Christ to be quite the gentleman, and He tends to wait patiently until He can have our full attention before speaking something profound. Maybe if we learned to acknowledge him, he would "direct our path" and we could still feel stable in the midst of great changes.
What does acknowledgment of the Lord look like? The answer might be different for everyone, but consider how you are treating him as if your daily life is a party you are hosting. When He enters the room do you stop to greet and thank Him for being there? Do you lean on the advice of His friendship over your own cognition? Today, I am praying for a shift in your perspective. That you might feel stable despite tossing waves, and the Holy Spirit would make you sensitive to those moments the Lord is entering but we tend to ignore and go about our things. That in your acknowledgment if Him your curvy path with blind turns would go straight. Lightening your burden, and giving you rest.
You are loved.
Cross reference verses:
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
"If anyone of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 1:5
"Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established." Proverbs 16:3
"Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or the left." Isaiah 30:21