How to Navigate Crazy Change

I was reading through this beautiful book during the weeks of Advent – God With Us – Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas.

god with us book

This book was a gift from the folks at Arrow – the leadership course Josh completed a few years ago.

I have read through this book for the past three years during Advent – it just blesses me.

I found a wonderful “nugget” in it the other day as I was contemplating this idea of Crazy Change – my words for this year.

What does crazy change look like?

Are there going to be big external changes?  Are we moving?  Will I use my degree in a new job setting?

Etc.Etc.

I really have no idea what God is bringing this year – do we really ever know?

It comes back to the truth that I cannot control what happens outside myself, but I do have something to say about what happens inside.

Like I mentioned in my last post, I think the crazy change starts with me.

Again, I don’t really know what that looks like yet.

But I came across a navigational tool in this beautiful book I’m reading.

A direction, a guide, a sign post to mark the way…

It’s a prayer found on page 162…

Dear Lord, make yourself known to me, as you did to your followers, in the middle of ordinary life. I want to believe I can be changed through closeness to you, and to the community surrounding me. Protect me from sin and evil by the power of your grace, Amen. 

“… in the middle of ordinary life… changed through closeness to you… and to the community surrounding me.”

Change starts today, this moment, right here, right now.

No big external differences are needed.

Just a willing heart, a gracious God, and a drawing near to Him and to those around me.

I am grateful for this nugget, this sign post in the middle of the haze.

There has been this desire to get back to reading through the Bible, to do it all over again this year.

I love this way of getting close to God.

Knowing more about Him through His Word, through the history of His people, through the life of His Son – Emmanuel, God With Us.

Just like the title of the book.

So I’ll work on that, an updated Bible reading plan for this year.

And I’ll share it here once it’s done.

Shall we navigate crazy change together?

You are part of the “community surrounding me”….

And I do love to share the journeys of life with you.

 

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4 comments

  1. Our church family was challenged on Sunday to read thru the chronological bible this year. I chose the 61 day challenge. New year for a new me. I so desire to draw closer to Him this year. This will be a year of CHANGE for me as well. Thanks Anna for sharing your heart. Love you.

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  2. Hello Anna, I just wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying your blog. I feel so blessed to have come upon it via the WoMin on FB. Your words today are very wise. During the last few months I have to have experienced Crazy Change. We all experience change but Crazy Change is completely different! At first I fought all of it, but suddenly God said in a loud and dramatic way “be still.” He then worked on my heart and my brain! Crazy Change, that could be the title of your next book:-) life is all about preparing, and studying for Crazy Change. It will happen, but will we be in a position to cope with it? What I can say is that all those quiet ordinary years in my life when I was able to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn, was when He was preparing me ……. my heart and yes brain to accept and even enjoy the ride, he is driving and no matter the change, with Jesus it is ok. Anna I am looking forward to more of your writings. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Carolyn!
      I love the image of enjoying the ride with Jesus at the wheel.
      Sometimes the weather is stormy, sometimes the road is bumpy, and other days the sun is shining bright on my face and I feel so warm.
      I think this year will be like that, but isn’t every year like that?
      Maybe the way I handle it, react to it, will be different.
      Maybe that will be part of the Crazy Change.
      Blessings,
      Anna

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