My thoughts feel jumbled, but there are more things the Lord has been teaching me that I’d love to share with you. I apologize if this post seems somewhat disordered, however, I pray that you may be encouraged. ❤
It feels like the time is flying by so fast and I haven’t been able to catch a breath. One thing after another continues to come and before I know it, something else is over. I just celebrated my 17th birthday yesterday, which still seems surreal. Sure, I don’t really feel older, but there’s going to be things that occur that never happened before. Honestly, I wish everything would just slow down so that I can really soak in everything around me and so that change doesn’t have to come so quickly.
Change is something that cannot be avoided, but our attitude and how we approach it matters. If we stay grounded in the Lord and desire to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), we learn to rely on ourselves less to get through what’s to come. We learn to seek Him, His will and put our wants to the side because we grow to want His plan to ultimately go forth. And then when change comes, we can rejoice in that fact that the Lord will give us the strength to persevere the whirlwind and remind us that everything that happens in our lives is allowed by Him to point us back to Him.
Starting my senior year of High School in 2 weeks is very exciting, but also saddening at the same time. I’m not ready to leave what I’ve known all my life and I don’t feel ready for what’s to come afterwards. But over the years, I’ve come to learn that the Lord will sustain me no matter what I go through. My faith in Him is what allows me to get through the battles and understand that He will always do what is best for me, even if I don’t understand His reasoning.
And something else that I’ve come to learn is how important community is during life changes.
This summer, I’ve developed new friendships with people within in the Bible Bee community and have strengthen old ones, which honestly has been super encouraging. These young people are ones who are always encouraging me in my walk with the Lord, praying for me, cheering me up on the okay days and ultimately pointing me back to Jesus. Knowing that there are people who want to walk through these next stages of life with me is a reminder that godly friendships are important spur one another on in the journey of faith.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Change happens almost all the time, but we must remember that we’re still living for the Lord. Even when circumstances aren’t the same, our heart to glorify the Lord shouldn’t change because we are His now and forever. We were bought with a price; thus, we must live as imitators of God. We’re not perfect, and never will be, but change helps us to cling closer to Him and strengthen our faith in Him. Don’t look at change as punishment, but instead, see it was an opportunity to know your Savior more and understand His will for your live better.
And never forget, my friend, to talk to God about how you feel. He’s here to comfort you and give you a peace of mind about what He has in store for you. Spend time in His presence so that you do not stray because the devil will find ways to cause you to begin doubting God. Cleave to the truth and the things that will always point you back to the truth. When you abide in Christ, you learn to appreciate what He has in store.
Heart check: What do you cling to when life changes? How can you grow closer to God when things change?
To God be the glory,