But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
In life, the only thing that is constant is change. This quote by Heraclitus has been on mind a lot recently. I used to despise that saying because I hated the disruption that change always brings. When my wife would want to reorganize the living room, I would hate it! Why because it would disrupt a perfect but dull room. Yeah, I would rather live in the boring and mundane than have change in my life.
Change is hard. No one ever said life was easy; and if they did, they lied. Change is hard, and nothing about it is comfortable or smooth. Being a Christian, we are called to change, our lives should daily reflect change as we daily strive to follow Christ! As a Christian, God is always at work in us, shaping us and conforming us to His character. He wants us to become more like Him in every way. God is the potter and we are the clay that He shapes to His own purposes, making us into worthy vessels to be filled with His Holy Spirit. This growth and change as God molds us is a process that is on-going, so we do not need to be discouraged along the way.
It’s rough to walk along the narrow road. It can mean your family distances themselves from you. It can mean you are all lonely in that journey. But, embracing life means a new path to salvation. It means that one may find a peace. And honestly, it can mean a lot of wonderful things if the right attitude is present. For many that I minister to on a daily basis, prison played a role in their lives changing! For many it was that very low time in their life where they cried out to God! One man told me of how one evening being discouraged, realizing what had become of his life, he contemplated suicide but before he mustered the nerve he cried out to God, ” If you are real save me!” His cry was heard and in that little cell God spoke to him! Change happened in his life as he surrendered his messed up life to God that night and received from God a new life!
Even though we as Christians hate change and often resist it, God is in the changing business! As a Christian I have come to learn that change is inevitable, in fact I now welcome it in my life! I have no desire to be the same man today as I was yesterday! I have come to learn, that with each growing pain or new dilemma, and for every mountain climbed and valley realized, there is a certain level of familiarity that I feel. My situations are not always new, but I can see how God is moving in and through them to mold me more into His image!
Friends, however much you like change in your life, God has promised that he would never change. The good news is He has the power to change any situation, any person and any thing. The only thing constant in life is God’s unchanging hand; we can rest assured that change in us is a sign of God’s work in progress. Change is what makes our lives full, rich and ripe with godly substance.