In my Bible study lesson for this week, I was asked what change is happening in my life right now? Well, answering that question was easy. There's a whole other person in my life who has to be considered now. The lesson also said that in the hands of God, removal from one place or endeavor can bring renewal for knowing Him better. How wonderfully true that has proven to be in my life.
Most of us are resistance to change. Even if the known is hard or the new is enticing, it feels easier to stay where we are than to move out into the unknown. God often has to give us (or at least that's true of me) a shove to get us started on a new adventure. But every time He shoves me into one of those new adventures, I begin learning new things about Him and new things about myself. Both beautiful and scary. Sort of like these wild cats I'm using in this post.
Many times in the gospels, Jesus told people not to be frightened. Even when He was sharing with the disciples about what to expect in the End Times and said there would be wars and rumors of wars, He told them (and us) not to be afraid. James, the Lord's brother, told us that fear is not of God. Yet, fear is a feeling, and feelings can't just be turned on and off.
Courage, as we all know, is taking action despite our fears. I want to be a courageous and faithful disciple of Jesus. When He chooses to remove me from one place and send me to another, I want the new adventure to be a time of prompt obedience, a time of inspiring renewal, a time of coming to know Christ better.
Because, after all, it's all about Him!
PS I am not actually writing this post on Monday the 10th. I'm some place sunny (I hope) with a lot of great writer friends and hopefully snapping some terrific photos to share with you all next week.