Change Is Hard

From Isaiah 29:

On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,
those whose mere word condemns a man,
Who ensnare his defender at the gate,
and leave the just man with an empty claim.

I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but sometimes I am cynical. And with this passage, all I can think of is this: “How will these people react to the change?” Because they will not react with joy. They will not react with gratitude. They will not react with fullness.

We almost always react to change with fear, anger, and frustration. In fact, we usually ask that the change stop, or we work to make it stop. I keep thinking of the Hebrew people when they left Egypt. They cried out, “We had it better where we were.”

What would happen if we just accept the change? Try to make the best of it? Just take a deep breath and remember (re-member) and trust that everything is going to be okay? Then maybe we can be the deaf who hear, the blind who see, and the lowly who have found joy.

~Lia Scholl

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