Throughout my life God has allowed me to travel through valleys and also to walk on mountain tops. This is also the story of every reader.
The Christian life is peppered with many unexpected happenings that lead to changes and unforeseen, and some foreseen, adjustments.
When facing such life-altering moments my mind quickly starts spinning and my emotions do not immediately accept this unexpected change. My greatest struggle is my mind!
Philippians 4:8 gives us seven things that we are to think on, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Having been in ministry for many years I have watched as senior saints, those who struggle with health, and even those who go through a major change in their life will get depressed, discouraged and often disillusioned. I know because I have been there.
I believe that depression is when my finite mind is trying to figure out God’s infinite plan.
Isaiah 55:8 so perfectly states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
As human beings we get so caught up in the ruts of life that we do not adjust well to change. We get used to how things always have been that we have a hard time embracing the fact that sometimes change can make things better, sometimes changes can make us stronger, but every time change comes it puts us in a position to see the greatness of God.
Change moves us out of our comfort zone, and if we follow the leading of the Spirit, we will rest in the comfort of our Lord!
To many times when our health changes and we find that we are limited in what we can do we get discouraged and very frustrated. I believe this comes when we put so much focus on what we cannot do that we fail to focus on what we still can do! There are Senior Saints who used to be able to climb ladders, swing a hammer all day, trim the hedges, mow the lawn, and clean the house; but now, because of health and age they find themselves limited in what they can do. The Senior Saint has to understand that they now have a new normal.
This new normal is not bad – it is just different. It is change! Change scares us. Change makes us feel uncomfortable and insecure!
In closing I would like to say that I too have struggled because of my limitations. I have had to learn to adjust to the new normal in my life. I wish I could say the adjustment was made right when I was faced with it, but that is not the truth. I am happy to say that with the Lord’s help, with my wife’s help, with my children’s patience, and with the prayers and encouragement of friends and family I live on the victory side of life.
I no longer spend my time focusing on what cannot do! Instead, I try to keep my focus on the things that I still can do for the Lord! Be careful what you focus on!! How are you doing with your new normal?
Happily married to Sarah G, the father of three incredible children.