Most of us have a love/hate relationship with change. While we DON’T want to be accused of being in a rut—getting up, plodding through the day at work or school, then coming home to eat dinner and do homework or watch TV—we can grow mighty comfortable with routine.
Wash, rinse, repeat. It may be boring, but it’s easy.
God, however, clearly LIKES change. Look at the universe He invented: The earth orbits around the Sun, which, in turn, rotates around the Milky Way’s center of gravity. The earth is always rotating on its axis, which means we have constantly changing weather. People are born, live and die. And, as we’ve learned, even viruses constantly mutate.
God built change into the fabric of creation. And scripture records that He often calls His children to choose to change, to expand our horizons, to think “out of the box”. In other words, He challenges us to take risks or do something that makes us uncomfortable.
Each of Sunday’s scripture readings talk about a time when God challenged one or more of His children to do something risky to share His love with the world. He called them to do something they would not do without significant prodding, something that involved potential embarrassment. An action that would only be successful if God abundantly blessed it, but would broadcast His Good News to a hurting world.
Is God challenging you to change? Do you feel a tug to “put out into the deep”?