On May 22, 2016 my family and I experienced a very long trip to Zurich, Switzerland. In preparation for this trip my parents and grandparents had spent countless hours planning when and where we would go. It also included a very excessive amount of time spent packing for a ten day trip. Stress and anxiety covered my whole family in the thirty minutes before we needed to leave. We felt like we wouldn’t be prepared for the trip. We finally got everything together and headed on our way. After two hours trucking through the airport and going thru security we finally made it to the terminal. We had a nine hour flight ahead of us. This flight included eight hours of movies and an hour of sleep. Needless to say, having an hour of sleep in 48 hours does not quite suffice. We landed and drove another hour to get to Lucerne. The whole travel experience was not so terrific, but when we finally arrived to where we were going and it was so worth it.
My traveling experience is much like another situation in my life. In April, my parents told me I was going to be changing schools. I am going to have to leave my safe haven, my friends, my home. Though I have only been at that school for two years I felt more at home there than any other place in my life. I had a great friend group, good grades, and a successful basketball career. This all suddenly shifted. It is hard thinking of moving to a new place or a new time in your life. I can tell you most of the time change is terrifying. Stress and anxiety fill your mind as you think about all the things you will miss out on or all the things that could possibly go wrong. Traveling to a new place or starting a new season can be extremely intimidating, but it will pay off if your eyes are on the Lord.
The trip to Switzerland was exhausting to say the least just like experiencing change is utterly exhausting. Going on a trip you are stressed making sure you will have all the things you need for the trip and when we are experiencing change I think it’s important to make sure you have all the things you need to prepare for change. We need to have a persevering faith and we need to build it up to make it not be easily shaken. When we get to the point where we feel like we won’t be able to push through that’s when the genuine faith comes into play. When you hop off the nine hour flight and you still have the hour bus ride, you are in the home stretch. That is the time when you can’t give up. It’s hard and scary, but keeping your eyes on the Lord will keep you from going crazy.
The unknown is terrifying and going to a new place will take some getting used to. Through all the change in my life the only constant that I have ever found is Jesus. He has been constant through the trials and the change.
As Psalm 73:23-24 states, “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”
When we go through change we feel as if our world is crumbling around us, but really our world is just falling into place. Change is something nobody can get used to, but it is something you can overcome. In the change and in the waiting it is natural to cry out to the Lord for help. God may not give you an answer right then, but we are promised something greater than an answer. We are promised his presence. When we submit our lives to the Lord, we are not asking for an easy life. We are asking for a life that is worthwhile. We don’t serve God because of what we can get out of it, but because he is simply worthy. A humble peace that has comforted me through my trials is the fact that when things don’t make a lick of sense to me, they make perfect sense to God. He is all knowing and all-powerful and he dearly loves us. When you dearly love someone who don’t necessarily give them what they want, but what you know is best for them in that time.
Oftentimes it takes a deeper, stronger faith to patiently endure trials than to miraculously escape them. The change is often a trial. Our trials produce a genuine and more reliant faith. Change is not God moving you to be miserable, but God moving you to where you will bloom and shine the most. The whole change may be exhausting and maddening, but when you come out the other end, it will be 100% worth it. If we keep this verse hidden in our hearts, I believe it will make a tremendous contribution to keeping us happy while on earth,
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you” Psalm 73:25.