Navigating Change

Written by Melissa Miller

When I was little, I can remember my mom saying, “The first week of summer vacation is always the hardest for both moms and kids!”  So many changes to both worlds, changes in schedules, expectations and responsibilities.

This summer our family will experience even more than those typical summer changes. Dear neighbors are moving and taking my daughter’s best friend with them. My husband is changing jobs, and our oldest will be away 45 out of 72 days this summer. We also just entered teen status with our middle son which offers changes in responsibilities and privileges.

So how does a strong “Type A” personality like myself, boldly step into the changes ahead?

I must remember that God is the author and creator of these changes!

God tells us in Isaiah 43:19, “See I am doing a new thing!  Now it is springing up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

If God is the author of these changes and new things, I can be assured that He has what’s best for me and my family.  He promises me in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  That’s one of my life verses and I especially love the verses that come right after. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

When armed with these words, I can look boldly at life’s changes because:

  • God is always in control, even when I am not.
  • God always has my best in mind.
  • God makes the way.
  • I can call on Him and pray to Him about any concern at any time.

There will still be tears when our neighbors move, but we are praying they find a fabulous new community and for amazing new neighbors.

There will still be a learning curve with the new job, but we are praying for wisdom and grace.

There will still be 45 days when my oldest won’t be home with us, but we are praying that God will use him everywhere he goes.

There will still be a new teen navigating the balance between responsibilities and privileges but we are praying for both.

In all these instances there will be growth brought about by change. God knows our future and is looking ahead at the good things He has for us.  He also knows that we can’t make it there without changing. Growth is part of God’s plan for our lives.  

How blessed are we that our God is doing a new thing and is making the way!


Melissa Miller is the Hospitality Director at the Allison Park Church, Hampton Campus. During weekend services she can be seen shaking hand and dishing out hugs.  At home she is hugging her hubby of 17 years and their three amazing kiddos.  The front door is always open so they can all “practice hospitality!”