“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
This week Todd and I are speaking together at an event. We were asked to talk about ‘New Beginnings’. I assume they asked us because we’re pretty much experts on that now! Change is the new normal for the Stahl’s and I think we’re starting to get ok with it, but at first it caused us a great deal of Metathesiophobia!
Metathesiophobia is “The fear of change or changing things”1 When God began to change things up for us it was completely scary. New relationship, new dreams, new careers…all equal a lot of change; and change is scary! The fear of the unknown can immobilize you, but if you know that God is leading you to the change, you can trust Him, He’ll make a way! Jeremiah 29:11 assures you that God has a good plan for your future. Isaiah 43:18-19 reminds us to keep our eyes and ears open to what God is doing. Look for the areas He’s trying to bring change into and get excited! God’s new beginnings for your life will bring about great things. Understanding this should help relieve you of all that metathesiophobia!
So, Keep on the lookout. If God is leading you; risk change for the sake of following your dreams, a new career, the chance at love or a warm friendship, it will be ‘oh so worth it’!
Father…I thank you for all the good plans you have for my life. You don’t bring about change to destroy me, but to bless me. Help me to perceive what You’re doing and not be afraid so I can follow Your lead. In Jesus Name…Amen
1 fearof.net/fear-of-change-phobia-metathesiophobia/ Fear Of Website: Accessed December 31, 2015
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Even this psychology professor didn’t know what Metathesiophobia, was 🙂 Thanks for sharing these glimpses into your own journey of change. It’s helpful for Jenny and I, because our last four years have been non-stop change–so it’s nice to know that another couple has moved through the non-stop change journey, successfully. Will you guys be recording your talk by any chance? If so, we’d love to hear it. Thanks for the encouraging words, and know that you are in our prayers and you seek to encourage others. Wishing you an incredible week!
Jed…I feel so smart 🙂 Todd and I truly are on a journey, chasing down our dreams. I’m sorry to say, but our talk wasn’t recorded. We will be speaking together again so maybe we can have one recorded to post on my blog sometime soon, but until then you could check out our website http://www.takethe40daychallenge with some more info on our journey. We checked out your blog and love what you’re doing! We appreciated the prayers! Blessings to you and Jenny!
Change is so scary but so necessary in all of life. I feel the wind of change in my life and it’s like being on the edge of a clift. But the possibility is that I might learn to soar. Thanks for sharing and I will look forward to future posts. Blessings.
Spread out those wings girl and fly 🙂