How Do We Handle Change?

How Do We Handle Change?

Things have changed in my life. That’s no surprise, since they have in yours as well. There isn’t a person on the planet who isn’t affected by change of some kind, whether radical or gradual.

Some changes are forced upon us and can be difficult to handle.

Loved ones leave us, and our lives must go on without them.

Our government leaders change, both nationally and locally.

Businesses come and go in our communities.

New pastors fill our pulpits.

Our kids and grandkids grow up and our relationships with them take on a new perspective.

It is natural to resist change. We are creatures of habit, and most of the time, we like things just the way they are.

We’re not a bit sure we have the capability to handle the challenges that change can bring.

Our brain can adapt to change.

It is sometimes our heart that lags behind.

We dwell on the way things used to be and remain rooted in past circumstances that no longer exist. This only serves to choke our spirit with anger, resentment, and fear.

Despite the pain and discomfort that change can often bring, we need to trust that God is well aware of every change we will encounter in our lives. He knows about the new employment, the move to a different town, the unexpected loss of a loved one, the shift in political power, the latest technology.

Change is inevitable. Just as the seasons cycle through temperature differences and weather patterns, so our lives march through a journey of adjustments and new directions.  It’s all a part of the wonderful plan God has for each of us.

As we navigate the shifting sands of society’s changes, the confusion of circumstances beyond our control, and the mountains of misfortune that bring changes to our lives, we can rest assured that God does not change.

He stands firm in the face of our frustration, assuages our anger, and heals our hurting hearts by adjusting our attitude.

God is not human, that he should lie,

not a human being,

that he should change his mind.

Does he speak and then not act?

Does he promise and not fulfill?

Numbers 23:19.

The next time you are overwhelmed by change, remember that God uses our past and our present to prepare us for our future.

What changes have you experienced in your life?


Patti Shene About Patti Shene

Patti Shene has enjoyed writing since childhood. Patti hosts Step Into the Light, an interview format Blog Talk Radio show. Since the show launched in September, she has hosted a variety of guests who share the ways they reach out to help others overcome the dark times in their lives. Visit her website for more.


  1. Change is never easy. It’s so comforting to know the Lord will be with us every step of the way. Blessings!

  2. Amen!

  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    Sometimes change feels good but most of the time…. it doesn’t! I’m so glad that, as you said, God never changes. I like how you pointed out that God uses our past and present to prepare us for our future.

  4. Thank you for this well-done evergreen post, Patti! It’s also essentially my thoughts as I wrote today. A book, Understanding Your Grief, by Alan Wolfelt has helped me as I am learning to reconcile my new life.

  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Handling change never works for me. I must stand beside Christ to cope. Thank you, Lord.

  6. Interesting, Janet – we say we “handle” change, but in the midst of it, we feel it’s handling us, and all we can do is cry, HELP!!!

    Thanks for these thoughts, Patti.

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