As I jot this post down, it is the 11th of March 2021. I woke up to the news that the Zulu king, King Zwilithini has passed. Let’s get something straight, I didn’t watch the news or read an article online, my dad told me. I don’t think some people keep up with the latest news trends like parents. May His soul rest in peace, but this post is not about the then was Zulu king. Today we will be talking a little about change and how to embrace it.
When I was still in primary school, my then principal Mam Magoshoa said something about change that is still very fresh to my mind. She said, “Change is hard, but change can be good”. 13-year old I didn’t understand what these particular words meant. But the current 19-year old I at least has a 0.1% understanding of these words. According to me, the biggest change humankind has ever witnessed was the birth of Jesus Christ.
People then and even people now have structured their minds in such a way that they have an idea of how God looks or should look like. And with doing that, they had never left possibilities that God could one day take control of a human body and be raised like any other person. A child is part of a person brought to life. Normal human beings are born through sexual intercourse, but then Jesus was different. Like many other people, I thought Jesus was born through a spiritual sperm and an earthly ovum! How Jane? How?
Maria was just a house baby Jesus was to fully develop and be born human. The way I understand it and even the Holy Spirit assures me I am not wrong is that Jesus Christ was God’s pure spirit made human. In the past month, God has been talking to me about change very frequently. Okay let me put it like this; God has been talking to me about embracing change. I don’t like change; it is hard and very scary. How we individually perceive change can be fuelled by either fear or love. I stole that quote from the “Conversations with God” book, one of the current books I am reading. And many of us if not all, at some points in our lives, we have resisted change from a source of fear.
There are so many examples I can refer to in the Bible and even in our current lives change. Even this very site experienced change when I deleted everything to start afresh. Hence I took it upon myself to group these changes under sub-topics “Biblical people who perceived change from a place of fear”, “Biblical people who perceived change from a place of love”, and “Non-Biblical changes”. Let’s go!!!
Biblical people who perceived change from a place for fear
The pharaoh/s of Egypt
After the death of Joseph, the pharaoh and the pharaoh after him feared that Israel’s descendants were flooding Egypt generation after generation. To control the masses they made them slaves. Really? I am glad I was not born in Biblical times. These pharaohs acted like this because they feared that should the masses of Israel keep multiplying without control they would over throne them! This change was perceived from a place of fear and not love for the next person regardless of nationality.
After decades the Israelites have been enslaved we see Moses coming into the picture to demand that the current pharaoh should let Israelites go, but he refuses. Again what Moses was proposing was going to bring a vast change to Egypt and its people. The pharaoh is aware that without their unpaid workers, the economy of Egypt will suffer and hence that scares him. And with fear one feels the need to protect; those are Pastor Stephanie Ike’s words. To protect his economy he knows he must at any cost keep the Israelites in Egypt. And this act invites a lot of supernatural problems for him and his people.
When Father created man – Adam, He gave him strict instruction not to eat from the middle tree. And this very instruction was to apply to Eve as well. However, when the serpent managed to deceive Eve, Eve offered the same forbidden fruit to Adam. Because of fear of how his wife will perceive him if he had refused he also ate the fruit. This segment is well explained by Pastor Stephanie Ike in her “Help, my mind is a mess” sermon (Add a link).
When Father created man – Adam, He gave him strict instruction not to eat from the middle tree, and this very instruction was to apply to Eve as well. However, when the serpent managed to deceive Eve, Eve offered the same forbidden fruit to Adam. Because of fear of how his wife will perceive him if he had refused he also ate the fruit. This segment is well explained by Pastor Stephanie Ike in her “Help, my mind is a mess” sermon.
There are so many people I can refer to in the Bible, there are Israelites, the people of Jericho, the New Testament spiritual leaders, and many others., there are Israelites, the people of Jericho, the New Testament spiritual leaders, and many others.
Biblical people who perceived change from a place of love
When Abraham left his people and home, going to a foreign land with nothing to his name, don’t you think he was scared? He was! But he trusted God; trust is a derivative feeling from love. When you love, you trust, and because Abraham loved God, he trusted God. Abraham trusted that even though the change that God has brought his way is more than uncomfortable, he trusted that God will provide all his needs daily without failure.
The same fate is in all of us; learn to light the Abraham candle in each one of you. Be stagnant on the thought that God will without failure provide all you needs daily without failure. Pastor Stephanie Ike once said that she knows that God is with her and for her. And if God is with you then He will not let and harm fall on you. And if He is for you then everything happening to you surely is for your good.
When Covid came into the picture it brought a wave of fear with it and not only in S.A. but worldwide. This was the first pandemic after the Spanish flu pandemic in 50 years. Although its origins are still very unclear, I believe God allowed it for a reason. God allows things to happen he doesn’t create them!!! Ohk? Good. For some reason and a while now, I believe that Covid will be beneficial to Africa than any other continent. You might ask yourself how, well I also don’t know. All I know is this thought has been lingering in my mind for the longest time. This is not the only change humankind has seen. The 1930 Great depression has shown people that a country can severely suffer but still make it from the ashes.
When you finally accept and understand that God is the source and agent of change, then you will fully embrace it with open gentle wide hands. There’s a misconception that changes are brought by an evil force popularly known as “Satan”. Understand this, Satan cannot create anything, he just operates on whatever has been created, or he recycles what has been created. I hope that makes sense.
You need to understand that when you perceive change from a place of fear, you end up missing all the new good things. Because you have nailed your mind to a reality that has reached its expiry date. Don’t do that to yourself. We were created in such a way that we can handle anything that comes our way. Bear in mind that God is for you and is with you, until next time Jesus Christ is Lord.