We often do not like change, especially when it is unexpected. The preacher in Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” The preacher goes on with quite a list, but his point is clear. Things happen, and many of those things come with change; some we can prepare for, and others remain unforeseen and catch us off guard.

Unfortunately, we have become an impatient people. We want things now, and we want them how we want them. Waiting has become something we do not appreciate today. Yet, we must acknowledge God does things in His timing, and you and I cannot pay for expedited action on God’s part, like next-day shipping. He moves when and how as He sees fit in the world and our lives. After all, He is God. (Psalm 115:3)

How do we handle change? Being open to it is helpful. But I would also like to point us to prayer as a tool for working through change. Personal and community prayer are vital parts of our Christian walk. One reason is that it can quickly and profoundly align our hearts with God’s heart in a new circumstance or one that is an old friend. Prayer, as a spiritual discipline, helps slow us down, pause, and look up as we trust the Lord repeatedly, for He will not fail us. Trust the Lord, not our own understanding, as things change at the speed of life. (See Proverbs 3:5-6)

How often do sudden changes or even common ones come our way? More than we may know, for we often focus on devastating changes, having become numb to the mundane ones. When did you last follow the same car to work for a week? You and I are adjusting to change moment by moment. But one thing will always remain unchanging: Jesus, our Rock and Redeemer. Hebrews says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus said of Himself, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58) We can trust God through change because He never changes! Slow down, pray, and trust Him..