When the Winds of Change Threaten to Blow

Winds of Change (1)I am not a girl who likes change. I like my same ol’ same ol’. The established patterns and rhythms of life that are scheduled. Predictable. Premeditated and thoroughly planned. Like my habitual humdrum order of a 12 ounce Americano with English Toffee and a little cream. It’s routine. Its flavor is dependable. (Well, most of the time.)

I like the comfort of sameness. The established. The unoriginal.

If I am thinking of doing something new, it’s usually well thought out. Like an anticipated and much needed get-off-the-grid activity. For example, going to a new restaurant with excellent online reviews. Hiking a new trail after hearing a friend rave about it. Ziplining with safety gear galore. Slacklining in the security of one’s own backyard. Something easy and fun like our impromptu camping trip last weekend.

When I am forced to change that which is set in stone in my head, it makes me want to dig my heels deep into the dirt … like an ornery old mule. Rearing back and spitting in the face of whoever is yanking on my bridle. I want to control what is happening around me. Because who could know what is best for me better than me?!  I mean, really.

But here I am, on the cusp of a changing season. And quite honestly, my heart is all over the place. It feels jumpy. Like it has the hiccups and could possibly pulsate right out of my chest. There’s this itching and aching and yearning and questioning in the face of the dissimilar.

Winds of Change (2)

I am not a newbie to change. 12 years ago I was a crying young bride moving away from my family and friends in Washington State, driving off to the wild unknown of Alaska. And yet here I am today still fighting the new, shirking back into the shadows as I see potential impending alterations to the comfortable world around me.

But this time around, I want to be proactive in the change. I want to believe fully and trust deeply. Keeping my eyes fixed on His plans, His timing, His ways.

For His ways are higher than my ways.

How about you? Have you ever gone through a season of change? Are you there now? Does the new and different scare the socks right off of you too? Maybe you’re facing a close friend being diagnosed with cancer. Or there’s a sudden job shift. An unexpected pregnancy. Or an upcoming move.

I’ll tell you what I’m telling me.

We don’t have to be scared of what is to come because we know WHO holds the future. The God who was. The God who is. And the God who will be. The Great I Am.

He doesn’t change. Not one iota. In fact, Hebrews 13:8 says He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can trust today the promises of tomorrow because of who He is and what He has done.

He has proven Himself to be a faithful Father. {If you’re unsure about this, grab your bible and sink your teeth into the stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther and David. And those are just to get you started, barely scratching the surface of seeing God’s hand in the midst of crazy circumstances.}

A word of warning however for those of you willing to jump on board this trusting train. When you are determined to totally yield yourself to His will and His will only, things can get a little crazy.

He may ask you to do the unbelievable. The unthinkable. That unexpected scary new thing.

He may stretch you beyoooond what you thought your limits could or would be.

But the thing is this. We can trust His heart. We know He is a good God that has good plans for His children.

And although the change may feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable (like an unwashed stiff new pair of jeans), it’s going to be okay.

Let’s lean in to whatever He might have for us. The hard. The new. The different.

Let’s set our sights high and hold on tight, clinging to the Giver of Life. For this may just be the wildest ride of our lives.

Are you ready?

“Sometimes you must leave the comforts of what is

to embrace the potential of what will be.”

Kristen Strong – Girl Meets Change



Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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