Next. Following. Subsequent. Regardless of the exact word, change of a time or season is the bottom line—and change can cause stress and anxiety. We often don’t like change! Our comfort zone is disturbed, and we cannot rely on the familiar pattern of life as we know it. Sudden change with the loss of a job, a broken relationship, or even the death of a loved one can send us reeling. Even “good” change can leave us floundering as we try to find our place in new surroundings.
When we are faced with change, we may ask ourselves, “So what’s next?” Where do we go and to whom can we turn in such times? As Christians, we are blessed with godly leadership. We are wise to seek counsel from pastors who will prayerfully help guide us. Brothers and sisters in Christ will encircle us with support. Most of all, we serve a God who sees and understands our struggles! We can mirror Job’s words: “He knows the way that I take” (Job 23:10, NKJV). One Bible paraphrase records it this way: “He knows every detail of what is happening to me” (TLB). God knows! Change doesn’t surprise Him. And He is aware of our “next.”
I encourage you to read Acts 17:24-28. God is Lord of all of creation—yet He is not far from any of us. Verse 28 states, “In Him we live and move and have our being [our existence].” If we can simply trust that God is with us for each step of our “next,” we can rest in the assurance that ultimately our new “normal” will be as He designed it.
When we are faced with “What’s next?” we must simply put our hand into His, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and live one day at a time. God knows the way that we take!
Melody Reever, Editor
September 4th 2018 @ 3:35 PM
Ever go on a long trip and end up somewhere totally unexpected—a place you didn’t even know existed? Life can be like that! We can be traveling along on our intended route, our secure destinations in mind, when God redirects the whole map, GPS, and Bluetooth commands. Such was our life’s journey redirected, when we lost our only child and amazing daughter, Ember Michelle Meadows. (Her name still makes …Read More +
July 2nd 2018 @ 8:50 AM
Am I dying? Am I really, really sick? Or just scared?
As I sat gasping, hallucinating from a high fever, a jet glided in from the blue sky. After a few minutes, I lay strapped to a narrow gurney on the plane being examined by a Kenyan doctor as the plane ascended over Mt. Kilimanjaro to medivac me to Nairobi, Kenya. As soon as the plane leveled off, …Read More +
June 19th 2018 @ 10:17 AM
There are days when life is normal. Then there are days when something happens that changes your life in an instant. This was one of those days. My husband and I had been hoping for a sweet bundle of joy for eight years, but with no success. We’d encountered disappointments, but still had no sweet little thing to hold and call our own. Until this one day, when everything …Read More +
May 30th 2018 @ 4:20 PM
In August 2015, God worked things out for me to attend the Deborah Project that was being hosted by Urshan College in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. This conference was designed to help young ladies find their voice and encourage them to fulfill their God-given roles in ministry. This conference literally changed my life.
I had never been to the Urshan College campus but was quickly informed before …Read More +
May 7th 2018 @ 9:20 AM
I had heard Psalm 30:5 many times during my life: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” In 2012, I started living it. At about thirty-two weeks of pregnancy with our first child, I was hospitalized for a week due to preterm labor and sent home on bedrest. Other complications developed between thirty-two to thirty-six weeks, and after various monitoring and ultrasounds, my doctor …Read More +