"Ride with the Tide of Change"- Monday, December 11, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
Turbulence is unsteady movement. It is caused by a sudden change in air currents. If you have ever been on an airplane during turbulent conditions, you understand how turbulence feels. Turbulence is violent and it is random. Because of its random nature, turbulence simply “shows up.”
In the same way, life’s turbulence merely shows up out of no where. It shows up as unnecessary commotion, relationship confusion, job turmoil, financial disorder, spiritual unrest, and family instability. Turbulence shows up as unexpected uproars, tumultuous emotions, chaos, mayhem, and havoc.
Life is turbulent. It is full of unexpected change. In each case, something or someone has to change in order for things to calm down, in order for people to settle down, in order for peace to be realized, and in order for a calm environment to be restored. Since God does not change, you must change your mindset and align it with His Word. Change your perspective and get it in line with God’s promises.
God wants us to live at peace during turbulent times. In our scripture this morning, He tells us, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:25) (NIV). God informs us that rain will fall in each of our lives. He warns us that streams will rise and winds will blow. However, He reassures us to stand firm on the security of His Word. When you persevere in your stand, the rain will cease. The banks of the streams will recede. And, the strong winds will give way to calmness.
When the turbulence gets too rough to bear, remember, God is in the turbulence with you. He knows what you are made of. He knows how much you can bear. And God knows what you need to remain steadfast. When life slaps you around, you can trust God to calm your fears, to stabilize your emotions, and to reassure you that you are being protected from harm. Why? He is the Great I AM. God is whatever you need Him to be at any given moment in your day.
When disorder abounds and you have prayed and prayed with no visible results, trust God, continue to pray, give way to the disorder and watch God use the very person who is the source of the commotion bring peace to the situation. God is like that. When you allow turbulence to run its course, you witness first hand, the promises of God coming to pass. When you have done your best to neutralize a confusing situation, but to no avail, simply yield to it, trust God, and watch Him work it out.
Why let uncertainty run its course? Your discomfort is going to yield strong, spiritual, Godly character in you. Your uneasiness is going to bring you closer to the likeness of Christ. You will come out on the other end a stronger, wiser, and better person when you persevere.
In the midst of turbulence, God stays with you and gives you assurance of His presence. He endows you with strength for the journey, and He encourages you every step of the way. Thus, keep fighting when you are sick and tired of fighting. Keep going when you are on the verge of giving up. Keep moving when you do not have the strength to take another step. And, keep praying when you do not know what to do next. Why? God is fighting for you. He is cheering you on. God will never leave you. He will always be by your side.
The key to living a peaceful life is to ride with the tides of change and to go with the flow of things you can not control. In the process, you learn much about God, His character, and His ways. When you flow with the uncertainty, you leave room for God to do His perfect work in your life.