Today is day 11 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional. And today’s devotional comes from @naptimediaries Advent journal.
“Whenever the tides of change come, it is an opportunity to act rather than react. When I align my expectations with God’s will, it becomes easier to embrace the change rather than fight against it.
As we embrace God’s will we are becoming more like Him. ‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God isn’t throwing change at us to confuse us. God is molding us into His image. What changes are on the horizon of your life? How is God calling you to adjust your expectations? How is He shaping you to be more like Him? Are you ready to embrace the process?
It’s time. Open your heart, mind, and spirit to His way. He is good. He has a plan.” -Heather Burris
If I had to pick between ‘change’ or ‘routine’, I would always lean towards the latter. Not that I can’t cope with change. I just don’t enjoy it. I never have. If I had to be honest with myself, it’s because I fear unpredictability. I like predictability. I like to know that things are within control. MY control, to be specific. Again, another learning in my spiritual life; that really, God is the one in control. And I can totally learn to surrender and let him lead on changing fronts. On every occasion that I’ve been faced with change, I always come out on the other side stronger. In hindsight, I’ve always…hear me, ‘ALWAYS’, come out on the other side seeing how God has played a part. I often struggle with the ‘surrendering’ bit but I’m getting a good grasp at it now. That’s faith building inside me and I’m thankful for the opportunity to know it this way. I’ve realised that when you stop acting like a control freak, that’s precisely all that changes. You AREN’T the control freak. The outcome is the same, except you have picked up and learnt the power of prayer, obedience, grace and peace along the way. More recently, I have journeyed through changes in my life that have invited the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And boy, has that made all the difference. The BEST difference in my sense of peace, belonging and identity.
THAT, to me, is the change that God wants to see in us when He puts us in situations of change.