How Do You Face Change?

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39 NIV).

I recently received a book about change. It makes its point by telling a story about three make-believe mice. In the book, the mice eat cheese, which magically appears at the same place every day. One day, the cheese is not there, and it never appears again. At first, the mice won’t believe it. They continue to show up for breakfast day after day. They receive nothing, but also refuse to go anywhere else.

We can act like that. We can become so comfortable that when our circumstances change, we refuse to move. We stay where we are, as our situation deteriorates, because we are too fearful or too lazy to move on.

I suspect that often God, who is endlessly creative and energetic and whose universe is kinetic, brings an end to our comfortable lives on purpose. Why?

Being comfortable sometimes keeps us from growing. We stop learning new things and creating. We are physically and mentally too fat to move.

God introduces us to change once in a while, so that we can watch Him provide, experience His faithfulness, and move on to the other things He has for us.

In the story, two of the mice finally left to seek cheese in another location. They both found it and were happier than before. The third mouse never left his original home. He stayed hungry because he couldn’t adapt to the new circumstances.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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Maxim of the Moment

The bankrupt man is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. - H.W. Arnold