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Changes...



A lot’s happened in the past week. I finished my finals, which also means I’ve completed my last full semester of college. I also went on a date...



…and came back with an amazing BOYFRIEND!



Yes, that’s right folks, Maddie Miller is now “in a relationship”. I better change my Facebook status.


So, like I said, a lot’s been happening. A lot of good things. But that can mean changes.

I don’t like change. I know most of us don’t, but I really despise it. I know part of it’s my OCD; I thrive off of schedules and consistency.


However, the root of my change-terror is exactly that: terror.



I don’t like change because it makes me feel out of control. Even good changes like having a boyfriend can be troubling for me.



Now, I have to reorganize my schedule to accommodate for weekend rendezvous with my boyfriend (long distance is NOT fun but SO worth it). Again, an amazingly good change to make, but it is a change nonetheless.


I was talking to God about it last night, and He reminded me of something: I fear change because I’m taken out of control, but I’m not in control in the first place.


Friends, there is a God and we are not Him. We are not the Makers and Sustainers of the universe, and that’s a very good thing.


Can you imagine if we tried to run things on our own? Well actually, you don’t have to think too hard because evidence of our dealings is everywhere— just turn on the news.


We are fallen, friends, we are sinful. And you know what that means? We suck at running the world. We live in fear and anger and selfishness and pride and greed. The world can’t thrive off of that—which is why we aren’t meant to, or capable of, running it! Look what happens when we try!



We are not God. We are not in control. We don’t have the whole world in our hands—but He does.



So maybe we shouldn’t fear change so much. Maybe we don’t need to. If we’ve given our hearts to Jesus and surrendered our lives to Him… what do we have to fear?


"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).


This is one of my favorite fear-fighting verses, because not only does it remind me not to fear, but WHY I don’t have to: Jesus is my WHY, my everything.



Change is scary and unknown, but our God is not.



Our God is unchanging and unconditionally loving, crossing the heavens and earth to be at our side. He is our Comforter and Protector, our constant Guide through changing tides.


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