The Good of Change

Change is often unexpected and unwanted, and comes when we least expect it. Which I think we’ve all come to see through the Covid pandemic. None of us could have expected it or the changes it’s brought to our lives and world.

Change can bring good.

We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.     

C. Joybell C.

As some of you know, we have faced a smaller income with my husband out of work ever since the lockdown began here in Italy, which I wrote about in the post “Hope for Shattered Dreams.”

Even unwanted change can bring good.

And while the pandemic and lockdown initially seemed only negative, good has come even from it. Just as it always does when we walk with God, who knows how to take our shattered dreams and put them back together again.

Help from unexpected sources enabled us not only to replace our old car, but also my old computer which was also starting to give problems. And with this pretty, new-to-us SEAT Ibiza, in great shape and the nicest car we’ve ever owned on the mission field!

Another good has been having Hubby home with me. Wonderful for me, at least, but not so great for blogging. Which is why, as you may have noticed, I’ve blogged mostly about Italy lately, as it’s the easiest and least time-consuming for me.

And the new computer has a completely different operating system. So it took a lot of preparation and a bit of learning.

Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve switched to a Google Chromebook, which runs on Google Chrome’s operating system. And according to some, is the perfect tool for bloggers. Perhaps I’ll try to do an article on it soon!

But perhaps the biggest change has come through new ministry opportunities.

Working with the food bank in our church, whereby we collect food and deliver it to the 20 needy families we are helping during this time of crisis. And we also joined an international missions team, in which we have the ministry of pastoral care for the missionaries.

Which of course all adds up to less time for some things, especially reading other blogs. Although I do hope to be visiting them again soon.

We would never have chosen the pandemic, the lockdown, or some of the change it’s brought. But as the quote I started with states, we can’t be afraid of change. Because even when it’s unwanted, it can bring good.

Especially when we trust our lives into God’s hands, for he is good and loving. And if he takes something out of our hands, it’s often because he has something better he wants to place in them.

Change, when our lives are in God’s hands is not something to fear!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

IMAGES: Dandelions by Monsterkoi. | Car is my own.

Published by Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my simple life journey of faith and missions in small town Italy!

6 thoughts on “The Good of Change

  1. Back in 2001 we were provided a new car at a difficult time of transition and change. That over-the-top-generous gift spoke loudly of God’s loving care. He is indeed our El Roi–the God Who Sees! It delights me, Sheila, that we have in common yet another experience, and I’m praising God here for the way He’s provided for you!

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  2. Change is often God’s way of telling us He has a better plan, and He will move us if we refuse to move! I’m really happy that your new-to-you car and computer are such gifts. But then that’s our Lord–the Great Giver of Good Gifts.

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