“The times they are a-changin’,” wrote the ’60s bard. So has it ever been. So how do YOU react to change? Jump on the band-wagon? Dig your heels in and hope to wait it out? It’s not easy to feel a sense of peace and stability when, all around you, seemingly unfamiliar or threatening values and pastimes boot you out of your comfort zone. My colleague, Tim Mitchinson, writing for the September 5, 2017 edition of The Journal Star, finds a sure foundation and some answers in the lives of Bible characters. Here’s Tim:
As summer turns to fall in Illinois, the wonderful warm days of Indian summer arrive. This is a time of change, not only in the weather, as days become shorter and nights chillier, but often a time of personal changes as loved ones move off to attend college, start new jobs, make new friends, often leaving parents and others behind.
Bob Dylan once wrote, “May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift…” Like many others, I have found the Bible to be that strong foundation when facing times of challenge or change. Why? Because the Bible, spiritually interpreted, helps us understand that the power of God is mightier than any fearful situation we may be facing. It’s a textbook on life. Through counsel and example, it shows us how to face any situation, trusting that God’s love and protective power are sufficient to help us no matter the changes we face.
Throughout the Bible there are stories of people who, when they were up against something really challenging, felt the presence and power of God and His great love. For instance, the life of Joseph, son of Hebrew patriarch Jacob, was full of twists and turns….