I feel like I want to spend just a little bit of time talking about change. Just the other day I was walking down the sidewalk of a plaza when I looked over and saw a young woman with her toddler. She was busy loading groceries into the back of her SUV while her child sat in the cart.
As I looked I suddenly saw (in the spirit) leaves begin to fall all around her. I was confused as to what I was seeing so I asked to Lord to explain. He began to speak to me about seasons of change and how the woman was afraid of the changes happening in her life.
The scene weighed heavy on me for a while after. It’s a good word for all of us isn’t it? There aren’t many of us who enjoy change. We typically like to be comfortable and usually view changes as dangerous to whatever standard of life we’ve come to enjoy. Change can even be scary to someone in a terrible or dangerous situation. If it wasn’t there might not be as many people willing to stay in abusive relationships.
But the seasons of change I saw happening around the woman with the toddler reminded me of something else. I was just spending some time with the Lord earlier when He began to speak to me about the path He’s called His children to walk and how safe it is.
He spoke to me about how many of us think that the path He’s laid out for us is filled with potholes and traps, making it dangerous at times. Isn’t that how we can view trials? Like they exist dead set in the middle of the path God’s asking us to walk.
But God showed me that the path He’s laid out is safe. It’s free of things that destroy us. It’s lush and green and comforting. But don’t we all experience wounds no matter how well we walk the road. So what does safe mean? I don’t think it can mean that we will totally safe from pain and suffering. But doesn’t He promise that we can have peace in any circumstance? Isn’t He the God of all comfort? Isn’t He the source of hope? Our Provider? Our healer? Isn’t He our rock, our fortress and strong tower?
So (since He is all of those things) maybe ‘safety’ is less about specific trials, hurts and wounds but more about His ability to guard and protect our hearts as we journey through them. Isn’t the real battle for our hearts anyway?
The dangers and enticements are present but not on the road He’s laid out. They are the ditches. They are the loose gravel shoulders. Just as we have the opportunity to have our hearts protected by God through trials, we have the opportunity to be enticed by the voice of our adversary to step off of the path and into destruction.
Our adversary will shout out every reason not to trust God. He will tell us not to forgive. He’ll tell us to be afraid and tell us that we can only rely on ourselves. He’ll tell us that God doesn’t really love us and isn’t looking out for our families. He will tell us that we can’t be healed, that God won’t provide for us. He will do whatever he can to get us off that path. Because he knows what some of us don’t. That when we are walking on God’s path we are perfectly safe.
God loves us with a perfect love that is far greater than we can understand. He is for us and His desire is to lead us into all the treasures He's stored up for us. Walk the season of change with confidence in who He is in you and who you are in Him!
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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