Change. The Only Constant.
This week the Denver Broncos waived running back Mike Anderson. You might assume that Mike Anderson is one of the worst players on the team to be cut. But that is not the case. Mike Anderson performed well for the Broncos in 2005, leading them in rushing with 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mike Anderson's efforts helped the Broncos make a strong run at the Super Bowl. All this, and he was still cut. How could this be?
This week the Carolina Panthers released running back Stephen Davis as well. You would think that Davis must have had a bad season as well to get cut. But in fact, Stephen Davis set a Carolina Panther's team record this year with 12 rushing touchdowns. Davis ' efforts also helped propel the Panthers just short of the Super Bowl.
Let's think about this for a second: Mike Anderson leads his team in rushing. Davis sets a team record for most touchdowns in a season. Mike and Stephen probably felt pretty secure with their spots on the team. Of all the people on the team, surely their jobs were secure? Yet in the tough business of football, both of these men are out of work and out of luck. As the NFL draft looms, the salary cap has become an issue for many NFL teams. They just couldn't afford to keep Anderson and Davis on the team any longer.
Sometimes in life things seem to be going pretty well. Everything is just humming along and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a big surprise comes. Perhaps a close friend or a family member is suddenly killed. Perhaps, after years of service your job is downsized and you lose your job. Perhaps your wife or girlfriend just decides that she's ‘ready for a change' and leaves you suddenly. No matter what your situation may be, sooner or later major life changes come. These sorts of things happen to good people every single day. What's worse, many time those changes come suddenly and without warning… causing us to do some real soul searching. The question becomes, how are we to react when terrible change hits us?
Many people instinctively blame God for their troubles. After all, if God is truly in control then why would He let such a difficult thing happen to us? Some become bitter, cynical, or depressed. I urge you not to let this happen to you when tough times come, but pray that God will teach you through these difficult times. God sometimes allows tough situations to happen to us not because He is trying to make our lives difficult, but simply because He knows that this world is only a temporary assignment for us. He does not want us to love the world too much, because our ultimate destination is a place far better.
Further, God desires for us to have character, rather than comfort in our lives. Sometimes difficult things happen in order to develop us into the person He wants us to be. God could have kept Daniel out of the Lions' Den. He could have left David as a simple Shepherd, but instead he called him to fight a giant. God has a plan and a purpose for your life, and sometimes discomfort comes so that He can accomplish His plans through us. Sometimes tough times come just so He can demonstrate His power in our lives.
Matthew 8:24-27 says, “Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
So don't be surprised that God sometimes calls us into uncharted waters. Change is scary. Change is inevitable, but quite often God fulfills his plans for us as we place our trusting in the Lord even through difficult times. Remember today that His plans are good He will always be with you even through the most difficult of circumstances.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33