By Tiffany Deluccia
We know change is coming. We pray for it. We plan for it. We pine for it.
And suddenly, the beat drops, the door opens and we freeze.
I say things like, “Where did this come from? How can I make this work?” God reminds me that He’s been leading me step by step to this point, and that He’s happy to retain the reins.
A good friend recently said, “In times of great change, it’s very easy to become hyper-focused on ourselves.”
Ain’t it the truth.
We allow our minds to run lines with the future from sun up till lying-awake-in-bed at night.
But the simplicity of the Truth can win out:
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (ESV)
When the mind is consumed with what’s happening in this world, it’s nothing but death to our hearts. Abundant life and peace aren’t found by ordering and organizing the inevitable revolutions we step into—those blessings are the fruit of a mind set on the Spirit of God.
If it’s not obvious, I recently had a bout with change. I was presented with an opportunity I hadn’t planned for, and I felt like God was silent. I prayed and prayed for Him to tell me whether to pick door number one or door number two. He didn’t.
I realized eventually that I’d allowed the situation to consume my thoughts, to give me anxiety, to make me unsettled. I’d set my mind on the opportunity at hand. It was death to my ability to be wise.
The Lord comforted me with Romans 8:6 and Proverbs 9:10, the latter of which reads “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (ESV)
So, I re-set my mind, and instead of praying for God to tell me what choice to make, I simply prayed for wisdom. He came through with life and peace through the change that followed, because that’s what He does.
If you’re going through a change that has your mind treading water, get away with the Lord and set your mind on the things of the Spirit. Don’t ask for the answers, just allow yourself to be reminded of His goodness and the eternal nature of His ways compared to the fleeting nature of ours.
I originally published this post at EncouragementCafe.com last month. I thought it fit well with the things we’ve been sharing on WP lately. — Tiffany