Changes – we deal with them constantly in our lives – sometimes it’s easy, other times it is very difficult. Some changes are gradual transitions, others happen int he blink of an eye. Sometimes we choose changes after carefully considering our options while other times the changes are forced upon us. Usually, for many reasons, change is a good thing or can be considered as progress. When the change affects our lives positively it’s much easier to deal with and adapt to. When change will have a negative impact on our lives it is a bit more difficult process.
In the weeks, days and hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples also experienced change; a change of venue as the gates of Jerusalem approached. A change of plans as their long-awaited Messiah was arrested and tried. A change of circumstance as the crowds shouted “Crucify!”
Change often involves other people. Friendships that have faltered, people moving out of our lives, or death of loved ones. Those situations take prayer, discussion with close family and friends… A lot of feelings are involved and need to be dealt with. Some changes dealing with people are handled more privately or introspectively. Everyone deals with change differently.
Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar. When we find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty, unknown and can’t predict how things will turn out, we need remember Luke 12:22-34. Through it all we should try to learn to give thanks to God in all circumstances
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.