Embracing Change 

Change. For over two years now, it has been the resounding—and unrelenting—theme of my life. And while I am learning to expect it, it never really gets any easier to accept. 

During the past 26 months, our family has faced unemployment, cancer, Covid, and the loss of both our beloved pastor and a precious elder of our church. Those things hit close to home, and to say that we were shaken by them would be an understatement. Then there’s the wider circle of catastrophic global events that come across our newsfeed on a daily basis and threaten to destabilize any remaining sense of worldly security we might have: the war in Ukraine, soaring gas prices, and the possibility of world-wide food shortages. It’s all too much—too much change, that is. 

It’s human nature; we like stability, security and predictability, and we recoil when the proverbial rug is pulled out from under our feet. 

I love gardening, and feel most alive in nature. And although my landscaping budget has been reduced to almost nothing due to our family’s circumstances over the past two years, with the help of a sweet neighbor, I did manage to put in a raised bed to grow some vegetables and herbs this year. It’s in my backyard along with two beautiful mature trees. Well, they were beautiful until a couple of hours ago, when our electric company came out unexpectedly and sliced them in half, hugely reducing the amount of dappled shade we get and dropping large limbs on top of my raised bed in the process. 

I just stood there by our sliding glass door, crying over the loss. When I finally walked away, I asked myself why it was so upsetting to me. Unsurprisingly, I realized it was the mere fact of more change itself. I still can’t wrap my head around it. 

And yet, as believers in Christ, we know from His Word that this world is passing away. Its very existence is temporary (1 John 2:17). The prophet Isaiah put it this way: 

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, 

And look on the earth beneath. 

For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, 

The earth will grow old like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6). 

In Psalm 102:25-26, we similarly read:

“Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,

And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

They will perish, but You will endure;

Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;

Like a cloak You will change them,

And they will be changed.” 

This may seem an unsettling thought, but in its place, God will create new and exceedingly superior heavens and a new earth. Later in Isaiah, we are told:

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” (Isaiah 65:17-19) 

Over and over again in the New Testament, Isaiah’s claims are affirmed. In fact, the final two chapters of the Bible (Revelation 21 and 22) are dedicated to describing in vivid detail what the new heavens and new earth will be like, with a focus on the New Jerusalem. In stunning terms, John reveals this glimpse of our future home:

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.” (Rev. 21:22-26)

Change is inevitable. Both Scripture and our own experience bear this out. But rather than being something we should fear and resist, it can be something for us to embrace, knowing that what is passing away will be replaced by something far more glorious and lasting. As believers, the permanency we seek is within our reach and just around the corner! Though this world is passing away, let’s let these words from the Apostle Peter be our rallying cry: 

“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13) 

Written By Kelley Easley

Kelley is a homeschooling mom of 3, married to Marcus, and living in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. She is a lover of languages, gardening and Mexican food, and a non-lover of math, volleyball and laundry. 

Photo Credit: Constantinos Kollias

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