Change is not easy. I think that’s something we can all relate to, right? Whether it’s graduating college, starting a new job, getting married, having a baby, moving… with each transition you experience a new set of challenges, both physical and emotional.
We have been in Germany now for 5 weeks. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but at the same time, it’s flying by. Life has been a whirlwind since we have been here. But now that it’s starting to slow down a little, my emotions are catching up with me. At our current state, I don’t feel like I will ever feel settled again. It’s easy to get discouraged and fixate on the negative or assume the worst; for instance, imagining that our household goods and truck are sitting at the bottom of the ocean right now and that’s why we haven’t had an update on them in a while…
And wouldn’t you know that God knew I was discouraged and he sent me a reminder through the pastor I heard this morning in church. I never cease to be amazed by His attentiveness to each and every one of our needs.
The church we have attended for the past couple of Sundays just changed to the leadership of a new pastor and this morning he opened a new series on transitions with God’s commands to Joshua as he is taking over as leader of the Israelites from Moses (Joshua 1:1-9). The sermon was a reminder that fear, especially in new situations, can get the best of us, but we must not let it. God has given us endless amounts of promises that will give us the courage to succeed and put our fears at bay. His will and His timing are perfect, and he wants us to succeed, but we have to let him come along side us to tackle the issues at hand.
I desperately needed this reminder today; I am grateful for it and encouraged by it.