Our grandson, rolled over on his own for the first time. It was exciting for our daughter to watch and we are all aware that he is changing and growing. All of us are changing, but are we growing?

We have heard it said that, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”.

Jonah changed and grew when he found himself in the belly of a huge fish, when he tried to run from God. Paul changed and grew when he was knocked off his horse and blinded for a time, while traveling to Damascus. One of the common themes found in the stories of Jonah and Paul is that they both had to pass through a difficult and challenging time in order to change and grow. They both struggled.

II Corinthians 4:16-18 states, “ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

If you are struggling or facing uncertainties in your life, if things in your life are changing — please understand that God is always at work! He may be allowing the struggles and issues that seem so difficult for you now, so that you can change and grow. Rolling over is not a huge issue for most of us, but if you are just over 5 months old, it might be scary and yet is an important part of the growth process of a small child.

Regardless of the issue that you are facing today, pray that as you struggle, you will change and grow. And remember that with growth, we can be more effective Servants for our Lord.