Do not go where the path may lead, go where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
There seems to always be a guarantee in life that change will happen. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that God has a plan for your life to hope and prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments! I hope this list of Bible verses and stories of change will give you peace and encouragement as you face the ups and downs in life.
In Scripture, 2nd Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” And my final Scripture, taken from Hebrews 6:19: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”
Just remember there comes a time in each of our lives when no path is leading us where we want to go. What you want is far, far away, and it appears impossible for you to find your way to this thing you desire so badly. Here is when those Scriptures come in. We must keep our eye on the prize, stay focused and never give up on our dream. No, we may not be able to see how this dream will possibly happen, but that not our business, that’s God’s business.
Les Brown often told us, “It’s better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have the opportunity and not be prepared.” This is where that faith walk comes in.
Remember the story of Noah and the ark. Scripture tells us how God told Noah to build an ark — a big boat. Noah followed God’s plan and built a boat that was one-and-a-half football fields long. That’s a huge boat! Noah’s neighbors laughed at him because there wasn’t any water in the desert where they lived. But God told Noah that a great flood was coming. Noah tried to warn the people to change their ways so that they could hear God, too. But they wouldn’t listen. They just kept on with their selfish lives.
God asked Noah to collect two of all the creatures of the earth and bring them into the ark. He also told the animals to find Noah, so it wasn’t hard for Noah to gather them together. Pairs of each kind of animal were put safely inside the ark before it began to rain. Noah’s wife, his three sons and their wives were also safe on the boat. When everyone was aboard, God shut the door.
Noah did blaze a new trail. Back in those days, it had never rained, there was only mist. How could the people imagine rain falling from the sky, the way that Noah had been shown? They couldn’t — that vision was given to Noah, not to the people of his community. They had all been living sinful lives, and they were destined to be destroyed by the floods.
When you begin to blaze your new trail — even if no one in the world has done such a thing — if you’ve heard the voice of the Lord, keep going and don’t let anyone stop you! God will see you through!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.