It seems like it has been a long time since I have written a blog post, and in reality, it has been a while. The past several months have been ones of transition and change. Good change but difficult change. I am reminded of something John A. Shedd said, “A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.” If we always remained in our comfort zone, we would never grow. We would never be stretched to our full potential. God knows what we need and easy lives don’t make the cut.
But easy lives are what we want. They are what we call ‘good.’ Especially in our American culture. We want things our way, right away. But God doesn’t work that way. Sure, sometimes He does, but it is not the rule. It is not the rule because God doesn’t play by our rules. He is the Ruler, the Creator of the Rule Book. When we live in accordance to His plan, no matter what we think of those rules, we have the opportunity to reach our potential, to be the person God intended for us to be. God made each of us for a reason. We each have a special purpose, a reason He has us here on the Earth. We may never fully understand what that plan is, but as Stonewall Jackson believed, we won’t die until our purpose is complete.
What does that have to do with change? Well, we cannot fully be who God made us to be unless we allow God to work in our lives. In other words, we need to let God change us. Change is uncomfortable. It can be messy. But when God does the work, he does it right. Like having a surgeon remove a splinter. We scream about how much it hurts, but the surgeon is skilled, he knows how to remove the splinter. In the end, it is the best for us. The foreign agent is gone. We are now free to be what God intended, for His glory.