How to Embrace Change by Lisa Burkhardt Worley - Pearls of Promise

How to Embrace Change by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Over the past couple of months we’ve had to change the way we do everything because of COVID-19—we’ve changed the way we meet, we’ve changed the way we communicate with friends and family, and we’ve changed the way we do business. There have been some learning curves for sure. I now feel very proficient at Zoom, unlike every before. I’ve also learned that just because our Pearls of Promise ministry cannot host a conference and I can’t speak at events right now, it doesn’t mean God can’t use me to communicate His truths. He’s just changed the way I do it.

But in this time of pause, it’s also provided us all the opportunity to give God our undivided attention.

Maybe he’s been trying to change each of us in some way to be more like Him, but before COVID-19, we’ve been too busy to hear or focus on a character adjustment.

Maybe He’s been wanting to move us out of one initiative and into another, but we’ve continued to plow forward even though there seems to be harder ground and resistance.

Perhaps we’ve missed some open doors in our lives, but now we are laying everything before God and we are more aware of God’s direction.

Change can be difficult but it is a great teacher.

This morning, I was reading in Revelation 4 and I saw something I’d never seen before. The Apostle John, in exile on the island of Patmos, was given the opportunity to see the throne of God. In front of John was an open door to Heaven, but he didn’t let his curiosity get the best of him. He did not race in. Instead, John stood still and waited until he was invited to walk through the door, when the Lord himself said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this” (Revelation 4:1).

What this told me is that when we are open to change, in particular, when we lay all of our activities before the throne and are willing to enter through another door, God will summon us when it’s time. We don’t have to pry doors open, even if it is something that intrigues us and we long to do. We don’t have to try to sell ourselves to others. God’s timing is perfect. If we are to walk through a door, He will call us. He’ll whisper, Come over here. I’ve got something to show you. We just have to be listening.

I believe we are in a major shift right now in God’s economy. He is repositioning those of us in His service, He’s also calling some to serve Him in a greater way, and I feel He’s introducing Himself to those who don’t know Him—in record numbers because He has a captive audience. It’s all about change right now, but how are we embracing change? Are we looking for opportunities to be a light and to be used in a different way, or do we long for the good ol’ days?

One thing we have to remember is that despite the changes going on all around us, we can be assured that God doesn’t change. (Hebrews 13:8) He is the stability we cling to when nothing is stable around us. He is the foundation we pour when He calls us to build on an idea. The ideas, the wisdom, and the favor all come from Him. So today, let’s ask the Lord to shows us where we need to change, and what we need to change, and be ready to follow through with it.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).

Do you need some encouragement? Then you will want to join us for our first ever “POP Chat” tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. We’ll have a short time of worship with Renee Rollins, ten minutes total of teaching from Dr. Lynnette Simm and Lisa Burkhardt Worley, prayer, and a time to talk about where we are struggling in the midst of this period of isolation because of COVID-19. Here’s the link to sign up:

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