Do you like the comfort of the day to day or are you willing to change to something else that may cause discomfort? One of my favorite shows is Murdoch Mysteries. It is a show about a detective, William Murdoch, who works in a police station in Toronto during the 1890/early 1900’s and is in love with the coroner, Dr. Julia Ogden, his co-worker. During an episode in Season 4, Dr. Ogden is having a conversation with a young woman whose fiancé had been murdered. The young woman stated that she didn’t know how she could on in life without her fiancé. Dr. Ogden’s response was this: “We become so accustomed to the shape of lives that we’re convinced no other is possible. But of course it is.”
We can go on and live
The intent was not to allow the young woman time to mourn her loss, which is needed, but to remind her that comfort in an area of our lives shouldn’t cloud our thinking that there aren’t other ways to live. We can go on and live. There are many troubles and changes in our lives, often which we don’t ask for or invite. When we have troubles or distress, we should call upon the Lord. The Psalmist was encouraged because God answered him. In the day of trouble, I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:7 He found strength in God to get him through the challenges. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not Fear. Psalm 46:1
With my recent job change – which was made for me, I called upon the Lord for strength. Others were praying for me too– for which I am so thankful! The prayers and God’s answers for strength were so needed. I had days of fear, loss and anger – questions flooded my mind. What would others think of me? What will I do when I run into my former boss? How will I do in this new position? Will it be interesting? I will have a new boss and co-workers – will I fit in? And accepting the change of not being in IS Security anymore and no employees to manage, which I had done for 12 years. And then there is getting over the anger and moving on.
God is my strength!
God has been my strength! He gave me a Christian boss and supportive co-workers. I have been able to work from home more days (even 3-4 days some weeks) and not have to deal with traffic. And my job is soooo less stressful. The other day during my devotional time, I even told God thank you for this change. Now that–is heading towards acceptance!
There are still some days of anger, doubt and fear. On those days, when these thoughts come, I ask God to remove them and take them captive (2 Cor. 10:5). I don’t want to think these thoughts. They drag me down into that deep pit and anger can lead to resentment. Resentment is such a poison that I have seen ruin lives. I want to think about God and His ways, not the path the evil one is trying to pull me down. I also need to remind myself that God has given me a spirit of power, love and self-control, NOT fear (2 Tim 1:7). His strength, His Spirit and listening ear from all the many prayers said on my behalf have gotten me through rough days.
Whatever the change is, dear one, that has moved you out of your comfort zone, God is with you! He is the one who will give you strength. He will help you go on and live.
Disclaimer: You will need to determine whether the TV show referenced in this post is appropriate for your family to watch. There is mild language, some violence, sexuality and blood from post mortem procedures.