When change is good for you

Deuteronomy 31:8

My sister recently shared a photo on Facebook of an old library card catalog. The caption read “This was Google in my day.”

The picture took me back to grade school when I learned how to use the card catalog. The brown colored catalog was the key that opened my world of learning. It was my partner in writing research papers and my guide to finding classic literature.

I remember the first time I went to the library to find the card catalog gone. In its place was a computer that housed the online public access catalog.

My world was rocked that day. The room started spinning, and I fell to my knees at the realization that life as I know it had forever changed.

I wailed in anguish. My dependence on this paper and pencil method was no longer available. It was all I knew. I loved the card catalog. I needed the card catalog.

My protests fell on deaf ears. The only thing the librarian could tell me was that times were changing.

Sometimes change can be hard. Until a few weeks ago, I still carried a 20 year old library card in my wallet. I had forgotten about it neatly tucked away in a seldom used compartment. I considered leaving it there just in case the card catalog comes back in style, but the librarian was right. Times are changing. They were also changing for the Israelites in Deuteronomy 31:6.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Before his death, Moses told the Israelites it was time for them to enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. But the Israelites were discouraged. Their life was about to drastically change just as it had forty years before.

They would be entering a new land to start a new life and Moses would not be with them. They relied on Moses. He was the person who led them out of slavery and the communicator between them and God.

Moses assured them that God would continuously be in their presence and repeats it again in Deuteronomy 31:8.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

God knows what’s ahead and will always be with you to navigate the future.

The Israelites moved forward to their new home. It was not a smooth road they travelled and neither will it be for us. We can rest in the comfort of knowing that our Father will always be with us on this journey.

I let go of the card catalog system and have embraced the computerized system. Now I choose the books I want to borrow through a secure website, and by the time I reach the library, the books are waiting for me.

I also retired my old and now non-usable library card by storing it away in a safe place. Some things just can’t be thrown away.

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17 thoughts on “When change is good for you

  1. Ah, yes, change can be so hard. God has been leading me through some big changes for the past few years. It’s hard to let go of ‘how it’s always been’ and trust that He’s in charge and has a plan. But, in the trusting, He’s taking me through a process and steps toward something new and, in the end, I know I’ll be glad I let go and followed.

  2. Love this Jenny! I totally do NOT love change. (Notice I didn’t say hate. Haha) I’ve always struggled with it. Thank you for this awesome reminder today that change can be good!

  3. Yup…change! Gotta have it, but it can be so hard! Take heart knowing God is with us every step of the way! Thanks for your beautiful words, Jenny!

  4. Oh Jenny, this post was for me. God has taught me over time change is good and makes us grow and I’ve embraced that, but there are still times when I resist it. I take comfort in the familiar and I think it’s just how we’re made. I remember the card catalogue too and I also missed it! There’s something about paper… Ok I’m rambling now but I loved this post. Thank you, friend.

  5. Jenny what a wonderful post! I too can so relate ti the library and card catalog For years I was afraid of the computer. Now I write on one among many other things. The technology(smart phones too) I was so afraid of has made my life easier:) Just like my fear of trusting God completely. It has been a process but the changes he has required of me to live for Him has been difficult at times. Some were harder than others as I am work in progress. However, the peace that I gain in trusting Him is like none other! Thank you for sharing this heartfelt post that reminds us to trust Him because God knows what is best for us. I am thrilled to have found your site today on Grace and Truth. What a blessing it has been to me today! May God continue to bless you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Jenny, I loved that you shared the memory of the old card catalog system. I so loved that system as well 🙂 And change can be most difficult. May we remember that He is with us in the midst of change. A most reassuring post this morning! Glad we were neighbors at Sharing His Beauty. May you have a wonderful week!

  7. I was drawn to the title of your post because I just finished reading Girl Meets Change — and learned what I already know: that I’m not a fan of change. I loved your allusion to the library card because so many of the “relics” of our past are TRULY past. When I ‘m having a struggle with my blog, I long for the old manual typewriter that saw me safely through college!

  8. Jenny,
    Thank you for sharing this truth: things change. Amen. We can’t stop change from barreling down on us, but we can stop our hearts from agonizing it. Praise God we have his truth. Much love to you sister.

  9. Even these little changes can rock our worlds! My husband works at a library…in technology….so he hears much about this : ) Change can be good, and the Lord can always use it!

  10. Uh! I’m not always a fan of change and discouragement is usually the first emotion surfacing as the winds begin to blow. Yet I love the reminder to be strong and courageous. God has gone before me and he knows the way. Strength and courage are the exact prescription I need to step forward! Thank you!

    1. So True I have been feeling so discouraged and never thought of it as an emotion with the changes I’m going through!! Thank you so much for sharing. Joshua tells us to have that courage and Believe Thank you

  11. So easy to hang onto “The way it’s always been” even when it’s destructive. Change is uncomfortable, but less scary when we learn to trust the One who leads us into the unknown. thanks for the post!

  12. Jenny…Loved this today. Change is never easy usually because we don’t know what is ahead or we don’t want to go along. However, your post reminds us that we don’t go through change alone. God is with us just like He was with the Israelites. Thank you for the encouragement and for sharing at Monday’s Musings. Blessings.

  13. Ah, Change: My Husband has just retired and I stopped working in a career I totally loved! Of course, my ideas and plans seem to be different than Gods( Image that!!)

    I love how God is teaching and showing me how to practice what I preach! I love the statement for Faith that is”Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him!” and to Trust Him and walk in His ways!! Hebrews:11. Oh, what Faith to learn!

    I have found that when I face change I truly have to turn to these words of wisdom. And pray for his grace and discernment and fall into His everlasting arms..

    I am looking forward to the Adventure He is taking me on now I call it White Water Rafting!! Sometimes I’m in the rapids (paddle like crazy and not to fall out) and sometime around the bend is the still waters He leads me by…I find it all to be Amazing Praying I always choose to see Him in all my life! for God is Good All the Time. All the time He is Good… Choose to see His Greatness Today and forever… Change is Good! Gods Blessings and Thanks for great words of Encouragement!

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