Change - By Caitlyn Van Maarseveen

Updated: Apr 17

Imagine this - eating the same diet all day every day, 24/7. It's what you're used to, you don't think about it, it's all routine. And then suddenly, you go to a restaurant and nothing that you usually eat is on the menu? What do you do? Some people, because it's not what they used to, will end up ordering nothing and just starve for the night, and then you will find another person who decides to take a risk, and order something completely out of the ordinary... and their whole lives are changed by this simple decision.


This is a weird example I know, but imagine staying in the same clothes and never changing, just because it's too much effort? Or never leaving your home because you are too scared of what's out there? Never having a long term relationship because you're scared of commitment or getting heartbroken... again.


The word 'change', just the word, can be scary enough on its own. I know.

I can definitely say that in my life there have been soo many changes. Be it from moving to a different country, working at different places with different people, learning how to adapt, how to grow.


Without change there's no growth, and I know... change can be scary, it pulls us out of our comfort zones, and it makes us uncomfortable. It requires us to do something that we don't normally do. Girl trust me... I know!


So, let's just get something straight... you and I have not been created to live a life with no change. Or else it would just be like two frogs sitting on the same lilly pad never once exploring the other lilly pads out there, it would be boring, never ending, and soon one of the frogs would just roll over and die because life brings no excitement. (talk about escalating quickly ) It's like living in the same little town that you have grown up in and have never left, so all you know your whole life is just the 4 sides of your city, completely unaware to the rest of the wold. It's quite sad to be honest, never exploring, never travelling, and experiencing new cultures. Yuss, life would suck!


As I have soon begun to realise, God is not a God of complacency. He doesn't call us to live or lives to just be 'comfortable' people. Our lives must consist of adventure, excitement, thrills and joy.

How can we find these lives?


By laying our own lives down to Him. When we surrender our lives to Christ, everyday is a new adventure, you have no idea what you going into, what situation you're gonna have to deal with which will represent God's love. Bro... living for Christ, is literally living life on the edge. It's AMAZING! You don't know which country He could be calling you to, which people you have to meet, and the new food you have to eat to show how much you care. #lifeontheedge.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that change is easy and everyone must just do it... no, not at all! What I am saying is that God has called us to live this life as His women who are not afraid of change, because we know who goes before us. God would never lead us into any situation or circumstance that was too big for us to handle. Just like how a dad would not throw his baby into the pool if he knew that she couldn't swim. That's just plain psycho.


Remember this - God is a God of love, of peace, of joy, of kindness. He has your best interests at heart, He created us remember? We are His girlies.


Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."


God's plans are good, always. So therefore, no matter what change could come our way, let it be a new job, moving to a new place, hanging out with different people, or whatever the case may be... praise God for the change that He is bringing. It could be change that draws you closer to Him, for instance I am now living alone in a cottage in a small town whereas before I was living in a digs with 15 other girls in a city. Talk about massive change right! But through this change, even though it's been hard and I have constantly had to fight the thoughts of loneliness and depression, God has been using this change to draw me closer to Him, to find my complete and utter joy ONLY through Him and not on my circumstances.


Change brings growth, change brings faith, it brings trust... all we have to do is be willing to step into the change. And the beautiful thing about it is that God designs our change, through it He shapes us and transforms us into the women He has called us to be.


Don't waste the wait, don't waste the change. Let it transform you.

Love,

Caity.

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