by Pastor Tim Burt
Change happens! People desire it and are afraid of it at the same time. We’ve gone through those feelings—numerous times in our life! People want to change jobs they don’t like or career paths they feel are a dead-end. People want to change haircuts they’re tired of. People buy clothes they don’t need simply because they like a change. People love to try a new restaurant just for something new. People get tired of their home decor and remodel. Friends change as seasons of life change—single friends, married friends, friends with children, church friends, activity friends and more. One of the biggest fears of change is the fear of the inability to make a change and have confidence that the experience will turn out good or better than before the change. What people don’t like is when change just happens to them that’s unexpected and beyond their control!
If we seek God for godly change, and pray things like, Lord, I want to draw closer to you and be more like you, which is a good thing to pray, then we better understand that we’ve just asked God to work change in our life. There are two kinds of change the Lord works in our life in answer to our prayers. One is that He wants to help us rid our life of things that are harmful, aren’t profitable, or have no value. The other is that He prunes what is good so that it bears even more fruit in our life. John 15:2 NKJV says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
It’s funny. We want changes that will make our life better but we don’t often recognize it as it comes upon us. Consequently, we often resist change kicking and screaming. I remember so clearly, every time we worked to improve our organizational system at work—which would have blessed everyone—many if not most would fight the change, but look back later in hindsight and see that the result was good! I’m thankful I’ve grown in this area because I’ve learned over time that God is often in the change we desire—especially when we prayed about it! Why is it that even when we pray for God to bless us, we can’t always see that He is leading us into that blessing, through change, until later—when we look back on the results in hindsight? And my testimony is that it’s always been better than I could have hoped or imagined! Isn’t that just like God!
When Renee and I moved into our present house, it was a gift from God. Our house is on a creek and it feels very private. I love to garden but felt limited when we first moved in because the border of my back yard was a think forest. It hid most of the creek and created so much shade, that it limited what I could plant and grow. I would have loved to thin out a few trees, but had no way to accomplish that.
Some years back, I had a regular routine of running 7 miles around our neighborhood and always prayed over the neighborhood when I ran. One day, a storm came through that took out over 10,000 trees in our community. It wiped out a number of them along our creek and back area. It seemed like a disaster and was considered that. The city over time came and cleaned out those trees. When those trees were lost, it left a perfect number of trees that allowed us to see the creek, get sunlight, and for me to expand my garden. The entire community seemed prettier once it was all cleaned up. Then the city decided that the area behind our house on the other side of the creek which had lost all its trees would make a great place to put in a walking path. It had previously been used as a place where people dumped any and everything—literally a dump. They landscaped our creek with large boulders. They put in beautiful walking paths and ornate street light type lamps. And I finally had the sunlight I needed to build the garden I wanted.
At the time of the storms and tree cleanup, I couldn’t see all that God was doing. I could only hope and pray for a good result. But, in hindsight, I realized that everything I hoped for had happened in a way that only God could have made happen—and with no cost or effort on our part, except prayer.
When God prunes our life, it’s to get rid of the unwanted and to bring more fruit and even a better result to what is good. This has happened in my life over and over again. What I started out complaining over, manifested in the big picture of life as an absolute blessing! If only we could trust God when change that is outside of our control is happening. If we would pray in faith, knowing that God intimately and intentionally cares about the details of our life and is our Heavenly Father—the very best Father we will ever experience. Then we would pray and trust Him through every difficult change. When we go through changes, instead of being anxious, we need to lift our heart and tell the Lord, Lord, I am not sure how you are working this out, but I do know that I love you and you love me. I trust you to purge my life and bring more fruit. I know you want the best for me and I want my life to be a loving influence for you! I trust you with my life. You’re word is filled with promises of blessing and only you can make those happen as I yield my life to you! You gave me your very best when you gave me Jesus. I trust you with all the less significant areas of my life. Thank you for your help, your love, and your blessing, in Jesus name. Amen!
Whether it’s the job, friends, your home, or whatever, when change is forging in your life, bind the enemies influence in your prayers and turn the circumstances over to the Lord asking and then truly believing He will bring change that will bear great fruit and bless you! He is good and wants what is best for you!
Matthew 7:11 NIV “If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.”
P.S. These photos are of my garden!
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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