Change - The Dreaded Word
“See, I have written your name on My hand.”
The first inspirational I wrote for this website was named, “Safe Refuge”. It was about a squirrel making its home in a birdhouse in the backyard of our home.(see August 16, 2014)
A few weeks have passed and the squirrel is no longer coming to the birdhouse. There are many unanswered questions as to why, but the main question is: has the squirrel permanently replaced one safe refuge for another?
I am reminded of Abraham and Sarah. As you study their lives they experienced many changes. Both of them had their names changed by God. Abraham was previously named Abram (Genesis 17:5), and Sarah was previously named Sarai (Genesis 17:15). At God's request, they left their country and their relatives to live as nomads in a tent in the desert. Herbert Lockyer wrote, “He (Abraham) gave up a certainty for an uncertainty and went out not knowing whither he went. Willingly he surrendered the seen for the unseen.”
Some changes are good changes and you have time to prepare yourself. However, there are changes that occur that come out of nowhere and slap you across the head and leave you stunned.
There seems to be more and more people today who experience job changes. A job change often means moving to a new state and/or country with a different culture than where they were. They have to be willing to “surrender the seen for the unseen”.
There are some people who remain living in the same geographical area and remain in the same house most all of their life from childhood to old age. However while they do not change locations, the unavoidable occurrence is that everyone in their own way has to experience the dreaded word “change”.
So, what can we learn from the squirrel, Abraham, and Sarah? Luke 12:4-5 says, “...Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in His hands” (The Message). That is our answer to change. The hand of God is the safe refuge for all of us. A yellow-aged newspaper clipping says, “It (the hand of God) is the only place where no evil can touch us—where we are hidden safely through all life's storms. Let us rest in the knowledge that we are there, that His hand covers us in danger, guides us over rough places, defends us in strife, and leads us on to certain victory.”
Lord God, thank you for Your promise that we are in Your hand. Help us as we experience change to remember the safe refuge is in Your hand. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington