Most of us get stressed to some extent when unwelcome change happens. Change comes to all of us, and it happens all the time. We can’t stop it, control it, or avoid it. We can only manage ourselves through it. The first Key is to put our full and unwavering trust in God. The second Key is to choose transformation as our outcome. Our third Key has to do with expectations.
We are often more aware of the things we are thinking about. I’ve talked to many people who never noticed too many of a certain car model until the first month that they owned it, and then they suddenly realized that the same car model is everywhere. Now in reality dozens of people didn’t go out the next day and all buy the same model of car, but my friends just recognized how many of that model of car was already around them. The realization came only after their attention and interest had been heightened towards their own new car. Since our awareness is changed by what we focus on, when faced with change we can choose where to focus our thoughts.
Key #3: Expect blessings.
Choose to dream big and expect God’s blessings even in change. Choose to move your thoughts away from negative expectations, fears, or possible outcomes (We shouldn’t stick our heads in sand, but we should be looking for God’s providence and for Him to redeem our situation).
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
If we focus our thoughts on what we fear most from change, we will see every little hint that our worst fears are coming true. But, if we focus our thoughts on God’s blessings, we will see His faithful hand moving in our lives in the midst of frightful change. If we look for Blessings, we will discover that God has kept His promise and lavished His love on us unselfishly. We will be encouraged, and blessed when we could have chosen to be fearful and discouraged. All this is ours when we chose to expect blessings…. Even in the midst of unwanted change.
1 Peter 5:10–11 (NIV) And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.