Sadie at Dayspring talks about 4 scriptures to help with big life changes.
Life is interesting, isn’t it? We go through different stages of life in what seems like a blink of an eye. Big life changes can come at any age, time, or season of life – when we least expect it.
Each phase of our lives can contain stressful situations. Even new, exciting changes can cause stress and even fear. Those big life changes can take us away from what we’ve known in the past and cause us to worry about the future. Our concerns can consume us with dread – or bring us closer, in our desperate need, to the One who created us and knows us better than anyone else!
God’s Plans for Our Lives
I thought I had almost figured out dealing with the Big Life Changes concept after having lived overseas for many years as a missionary. I’d been through many moves, learned a new language, and dealt with hard situations. Lots of changes, right? Years later, as I prepared to retire, I thought my husband and I could finally go back overseas as volunteers.
Notice how many times the word “I” was used in the last paragraph. I had been looking at our future through my own eyes, but God had other plans. Had I forgotten to check with Him? Surely He would want us helping on the mission field. However, God’s plan for our lives shocked my socks off! My husband of 48 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve now gone through many stages – denial, anger, fear, and years later, I’m learning to accept God’s plan for our lives.
Give it all to the Lord
For me, fear was the worst! In my head I kept hearing a little voice that said “There’s no way you’re going to be able to handle all that this disease will bring!” But it wasn’t until I began to give it all to God, almost daily, that I was able to stop feeling overwhelmed. I had to give all those worries to God and recognize that I can’t, but HE CAN! He tells us so in one of my favorite verses, Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV):
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [Read the full article here.]