Autumn brings many changes and challenges, one of which is the time change. Twice a year we repeat the phrase “fall back, spring forward” to hopefully avoid confusion about which direction to turn the clocks. We groan about the shorter hours for daylight that remind us that the weather will be modifying, too.
This adjustment of our internal clocks throws us off—until we get adapt to it.
In recent years all of us had to navigate numerous life changes that were more than turning a clock back. Personal or family health challenges cause us to adapt our mindset, whether it is temporary or long term. Kids grow into new stages of life with different needs.
We can’t control many changes in life.
We can control our attitude when facing change.
Rick and I moved to a different state four years ago, trusting God for his guidance. After relocating, God has provided for us, leading us to supportive friends and quality medical care when I had a cancer recurrence soon after our move. I had to trust God with many overwhelming uncertainties—and was faithful in each situation.
One of the values of the church we now attend is “we embrace change.” When I first heard it, I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding! I like stability and my comfort zone.”
I understood the wisdom of embracing change as time went on and the pandemic set in. If we don’t, we can develop a negative attitude that affects those around us. Life is about change; how we navigate it is our attitude.
A positive attitude toward change helps us move forward at the right time.
One thing remains constant—God is sovereign. He is our hope in a world that seems upside down. We can turn to the Lord in prayer at any time. He holds time in his hands, no matter what season it is. God’s promises help us embrace change with hope.
God doesn’t let the time change affect him.
Let’s keep looking to our faithful, sovereign Lord to embrace a new attitude toward change.