When Jesus arrived, everything changed. Nothing remained as it was and the world was flipped upside down. Love entered our midst and we discovered that God would do anything necessary to be with us. Doubt remained though among the people. Not everyone could see the gift that was offered. They weren’t looking forward, they were looking back. Back to the time when life was comfortable and they knew what to expect. No one expected a baby. No one expected that baby to grow to be a teacher who broke rules and put people first. They wanted something familiar, something they knew.
I was listening to a song by Eddie Kirkland this week and a verse really resonated with me “The future was bright and clear she planned for a wedding day. Her daddy would hold back tears giving her hand away. But now all her hope and fear in a cradle lay ’cause a baby came and everything changed.” When God enters your life, everything changes. Mary would not have expected her life to turn out as it did yet she followed. So many people throughout the history of God’s people had to make difficult choices that forced them to leave their dreams behind. Abraham left his life behind for a new land. Moses chose to go against the life he’d always known and led people into the desert. David stood up to a giant and became a king. So many others were asked to make a choice and their lives were changed.
A single choice can change the direction of your life. Three years ago my life changed. My plans for ministry and my family no longer mattered and I had to make a choice regarding what I would do. My son needed some extra care so I chose to stay home and my whole life changed. As I’ve watched him grow, I’ve grown. I’ve had time to write, to dream, to vision for the future. I’ve discovered that God is never finished with you and sometimes when you make a choice, everything changes. Sometimes your plans for the future aren’t actually the future you’re meant to have.
A single choice can change the direction of your life.
A single choice can change the direction of an organization.
A single choice can change the world.
It can be tempting to look back and wonder what might’ve been had things been different. It’s common to wish that things didn’t have to change, that pain and uncertainty wasn’t part of the equation. It’s normal but it doesn’t change the fact that life is uncertain. The future isn’t always clear and that’s okay. We may not know where we are going but if we have faith, God will go with us and lead us to a new future. We just need to surrender our control and walk boldly into an uncertain future. If we let go of what we know we might find a new future filled with more promise than we thought possible. God is looking to enter our midst but we have to allow him to enter.
If we let God in everything will change. Are we ready for that?
Are we ready for everything to change?