Now What? Processing Change. A post on JulianaGordon.com

Now What?

Now What? Processing Change. A post on JulianaGordon.com

Whether it is the time following a major change in our lives, or a big event, or even just the holidays, we are often left with a feeling of, “Now what?!?” It might include questions like:

What am I supposed to do now?

Why did I think that was such a big deal?

What did I learn from this?

Have my goals or purpose changed?

What do I want to do in the future?

No matter what has led to our “now what?!?” feelings, taking inventory of what our lives look like right now can be very helpful in living a life that honors God. Here are a few points to consider as you reassess. 

 

  1. If it’s a big change, good or bad, we might need some time to process the new situation. I think that sometimes we want to gloss over the change that has happened in our lives and keep going. When I do that, I usually find myself wondering why I am not getting as much work done. Or why do I feel unsettled? We need to give ourselves the grace to mourn changes, to adjust to new circumstances, to find our place where we are right now. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NASB reminds us that “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven.” God has a plan for each of our lives and we can trust in His plan on His timetable.

2. If it’s time for new goals or new plans, we need to include God in all the steps. God is not an addendum to your resolutions or business plans. If we want to honor God with our whole lives, then we need to take that into account when we make plans for the future. Colossians 1:17 NASB says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” When we extend our consideration of God beyond Sunday mornings or quiet time, and pray about our plans and decisions, we are more likely to honor God.

3. If God taught us something through what just happened, pay attention. If we are learning from a difficult time that resulted from sin, we need to ask for and lean into that forgiveness, remembering that God “will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19 NASB) We need to be praying about and be wise about situations that make it easier to sin. If the lesson isn’t about our own sin, but something God wanted to teach us about Him, our faith, or something else, we need to take note to encourage ourselves and others in the future. We serve a “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (1 Corinithians 1:3b-4)

Dear God, Thank You that we are not on our own, no matter what just happened. We pray that we would honor You in the everyday happenings and the big changes and events in our lives. May we trust in You for our future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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