Resisting the Inevitable Change
“Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air.”
In the first episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith was faced with many different changes. Not only did he dress and talk differently than his rich relatives, but the entire culture he was thrown into was different than his upbringing. There is one monologue at the end of the episode between Will and Uncle Phil. Will blurts out, “Man, I didn’t ask to come here. Everybody’s talking about shipping me off and dressing me up and changing me into something that I don’t want to be.”
Just like Will, we don’t always get a choice in the hand that we are dealt; sometimes our hand is forced, or it just happens. Although everyone handles change differently, most of the time it is easier to resist change, than to accept it. One thing is for sure, no matter how much we resist, change is inevitable. So why is it our first instinct to resist change?
One common reason is fear: fear of the unknown and fear of losing control. Whether you are a believer or an unbeliever, fear can be crippling. The Bible talks about fear and change in Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them…” Do Not Fear. This command seems much easier said than done. Honestly, most of the time it is. But God does not call us to be fearful. In his book Crazy Love, Francis Chan states, “God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.” This is where the second half of verse 6 comes into play, “…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” How amazing is that? The same God who was with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is with you as well. No matter what happens in life, no matter how fearful you are of certain changes, put your trust whole-heartedly in Jesus Christ. Through all of life’s changes, He is our one true Constant!
In the episode, Will had a problem facing the changes that lay before him. He was content with his life before Bel-Air, so resisting the changes was his first instinct. Whether you are like Will, resisting major life changes, or in an entirely different season of change, God made the promise to be with you through it all. Thinking about change, it is a great time to reflect on your life: Is your faith in God greater than your fear of change? More importantly, how can you turn the changes in your life into acts of faith? Take some time and pray about it.