Preparing for Change

Preparing for Change

Friends, I invite you to share your comments on these Afterthoughts at the bottom of this web page. I would love hear what you think! brad+

Change is constant.

In everyone.

And in everything.

For some, change is hard.

I get it.

We like predictable.

A warm blanket of sentimentality.

But God dares not leave us where we are.

God desires that we be, as James puts it,

“Mature and complete. Not lacking in anything.”

So, change it is.

And change we must.

My guess is we would be more open to this if we could see the end result.

If we knew how it would all turn out.

If we welcomed the change.

And since we don’t get that perspective.

It requires trust.

Trust that God’s providence would guide us.

And as I look back on my life and think about the different detours of change,

I am amazed at where these things have taken me.

Definitely not where I would have thought.

And would not have guessed the blessings accompanying the change.

On Sunday, I shared from the Gospel of Mark.

And the manifestation of change in the life of Jesus.

The declaration of God in the Son.

A peek into the heavenlies.

A look behind the curtain.

And the Spirit’s work in putting Jesus in a place of preparation.

Which, for Him, was the wilderness.

In some ways Jesus knew about the change and what was to come.

And in other ways, it required Him to trust the Father.

Like we must do.

Jesus needed to prepare for what was ahead.

The Son of God needed to prepare.

We know why.

It was a monumental task.

A once in all of  history moment to reconcile relationships.

But it required preparation.

And I said on Sunday we only see in a person’s life

those things that are worked on in ways we don’t see.

“In secret,” as the Ash Wednesday Gospel encourages us.

In the preparation.

The journey of faith.

That’s how preparation happens.

And how change is enabled.

And reminded that it is not about “getting back” to anything.

Certainly not the “Good old days.”

I mentioned this commentary about the Church and change on Sunday.

“As a post-Covid church, it may be tempting to minimize transformation, at least until we learn to manage hybrid worship and get the numbers in the pews back up again. But Mark’s Jesus won’t have it. He comes with the gospel of God, points away from himself, trusting that the longing for God to break through the heavens means both change for us and change with us.

It calls us, rather, to envision a kind of holy disruption grounded in the longing for God to set things right.” David Schnasa Jacobsen

Can we stomach a holy disruption?

Will we welcome a change for us and a change with us?

Blessings,

brad+

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One Comment

  1. Summer

    For me, the preparation is always in the wilderness. I would like it to be green pastures, but I seem too distracted by the butterflies and the rippling brook to allow for the deep hard work that needs to proceed the good changes God wants to do in my life. Even as I often fight the wilderness experiences, I am grateful that God doesn’t leave me to my own la de da-ness. The open skies and new surroundings always heighten my awareness that God is near and invite me to open my heart to him too.

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