Change is hard. Most of us don’t like to change. We have comfortable ways of doing things and we like to keep it that way.
But life is about changing, from glory to glory, strength to strength. People who won’t embrace changes are often left behind. Whenever you find yourself comfortable, it’s a reminder something uncomfortable needs to happen. But when you ignore it, then life itself will force you out of your comfort zone.
Now, whether you call it life, I acknowledge that God disciplines His children or those He loves in different ways. One of them is by shaking things up when He sees His own are getting too comfortable or are dormant. He wants us to be conformed to the image of His Son.
In the story of Abraham, we are told by faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:9-10).
Abraham had no rest in his life’s walk. He knew he was not a permanent resident of this earth therefore, he lived in tents going from place to place even though he was a very rich man. He knew he was journeying in the world. He knew the world is not a place to rest. He was looking forward to the final destination as Hebrews say, “whose architect and builder is God.”
Seeing life through Abraham’s lenses reminded me how often times I forget I am just a traveler. l lived comfortably in one home for fourteen years without any hassle of moving. I completely forgot what’s like to move. I made the old place my home. In the process, I got comfortable. Then suddenly change was inevitable. I had to move out within a short period.
Then came packing stuff, giving up things, trashing things. Moving things that were dear to me became hectic therefore I had to give away almost everything I thought I couldn’t live without. The tiny bit of everything involved leaving old-life I have been so attached became difficult.
In the midst of it I heard a whisper in my heart, Stress is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master (Genesis 4:7). I had to choose to either embrace changes or go to a pit party. I embraced change immediately. I told life “bring it on.” Once I made that decision the move became smoother than I expected. I discovered how hard it is to find a different place to call home. I also discovered how hard it was to unpack. As I am writing this, my closet is full of unpacked luggage. I can’t even find a toothbrush on day 3 but it’s ok.
I thought of someone living from tent to tent. Isn’t what life is all about? Why are we wasting money foolishly building expensive houses and condos and apartments to house people when they are here today gone tomorrow? If we could use those resources to go all corners of the earth and preach the gospel no one would be living one place for fourteen years. No one would be buying mansions and furnish it for themselves rather make it a home for welcoming strangers. And if that would be the case, I believe by now we would have been living in our permanent home, a city whose architect and builder is God.
So how do you change without stress?
You do that by simply knowing you are journeying to a better place. You do it by kicking the comfort out of your life. You do it by seeing an opportunity to rejoice in every circumstance. Most importantly, you do it by seeing a bigger picture and give God all the glory He deserves which is your reasonable service. For God is seeking worshipers who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth.