I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I promised, but as you can imagine, a LOT has been happening lately. Literally, figuratively, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, all lined up one after the other. So many things have changed, are changing, and are going to change.
I can’t remember if I’ve said this before, but change kinda scares me. And when I say kinda, I mean it really scares me. It’s always seemed to have a big foothold in my life. But in order to truly serve God, we have to be able to adapt to whatever changes in our lives. That’s something that God has really been teaching me over the past few months.
Among the big changes in my life has to do with my grandma. Well, this change began back in 2011 when she had a couple of mini strokes. After that, she quickly developed dementia, and expressive aphasia (it makes you have trouble speaking fluently). Ever since then, she hasn’t been the same.
About a month ago, she fell and fractured her left pelvis, a rib, and dislocated a finger. She had to stay at the hospital for a week before the doctor finally discharged her. Granted, she has fallen and been taken to the hospital before, and she’s bounced right back. But this time, something is different.
She doesn’t really feed herself like she used to. Her speech development seems to be a little worse, and she can scarcely walk, let alone by herself.
What I do every morning of the week is feed her, giver her her medicine (disguised in ice-cream, of course) and make sure that everything is ready for when she has her bath.
So, this is what I’ve been doing for the most part, lately. And, honestly, I have somewhat allowed myself to hide behind this situation. I’ve let my circumstance control my reactions. I’ve even found myself at times asking God, “Why is this happening to my family right now?” But this is what He’s been trying to teach me all along:
You don’t get to choose what happens in your life; what you can do is choose how you respond to those things.
Do you ever get tired of the phrase “All things happen for a reason”? I know it seems really cliche, but it’s the truth.
When something bad happens in your life, it can shake you from what’s comfortable.
What I’ve learned is that I can’t hide behind my current situation. I can’t live my life in the shadow of my circumstances. If I don’t exercise my faith, I’ll never get to where God wants me to be. I have to step out of what I have made my “comfort zone” and live life in the light of the Gospel.
Psalms 112:6-7 says this:
6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. 7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
Righteous = Set right by God
Something our connections pastor said a few weeks ago has really stuck with me: “The way you handle bad news says a lot about who or what you serve.” I realize now that I’ve been serving my emotions and my fears, and I let them get the better of me.
If you’re anything like me, you tend to focus a little more on negative things that are happening in your life. But if you are truly righteous, set right by God, then you won’t be shaken by them.
Yes, our circumstances may not be ideal, and they may not go the way we want them to, but remember that God will use these situations to teach you things that will stay with you throughout your whole life.
The time to embrace changes is now. Don’t be afraid of your situation and trust in the Lord. Don’t allow the enemy to take advantage of your life. Let the devil know “Not today!” (See what I did there Hillsong United fans?? 😉 )
Psalms 16:8 “I have set the Lord before always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
If I can ask you all a favor, please keep my family in your prayers through this time of change. They are appreciated more than you know.
Until next time,
P.S. All of the quotes (other than the Bible verses, of course) are from our Connections Pastor, Mitchell Sugg. You rock, Mitch!