Oh, how I fight this! I don't really consider myself to be a person totally against change. I just don't like it to all hit at once.
So I searched to see what God has to say about it. What I found is that change must happen. Without it, we cannot move forward - not personally, not physically, not emotionally, and certainly not spiritually.
In Genesis, God created Adam. But he didn't leave Adam alone. He created Eve because "the Lord God said, 'it is not good from man to be alone.'" This was a change.
Throughout the Old Testament their are changes in leadership. Some come and quickly go, others stay for a long time. With each change comes adjustments, heartbreak, questions, growth, learning.
Then, enter Jesus. The people of the time were not looking for this guy. Yes, they were looking for a Messiah, a Savior, a leader. But Jesus wasn't exactly what they had in mind. He came and completely changed their lives. He showed them how to live. He led them with love and compassion. He died a lowly death on a cross accompanied by criminals. He changed the way the world looked at God. He opened a door.
Change. It is never easy. But it is absolutely necessary for growth.
Precious Jesus, I trust that you have the best in mind for us all. I pray your calming presence over us right now as we step into the unknown in faith. You are in control. You are the leader of this church and these people. God, may we lean on you and cling to you in the midst of the change. May it bring us one step closer to you. Amen