By Rachel


Everyone goes through it. There’s no way to avoid it. Life is a series of decisions and with many decisions we experience change. Sometimes change is simple, like taking a new class at school. Sometimes a serious change comes along, like moving, going away to school, serving a mission or getting a new job. Things change and change can be hard. However, the Lord does not change.

The other day during church I read the words to, “Be Still My Soul.”(Hymn #124) The first verse reads, “Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side. With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide. In every change, He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy Heavenly Friend. Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.” 

In every change, He faithful will remain. The minute I read that, I knew those words were for me. As I start my senior year of high school, I realize that there are many big changes ahead. My brother and I will graduate, and he will leave on his mission. I’ll go away to a semester of college, and then I’ll leave on my mission. Our close friends we have grown up with will all go their separate ways. Every time I get thinking about it, I get overwhelmed with how different things will be within a year. However, He faithful will remain.

Maybe you’ve experienced a difficult change. Maybe your parents split up, or someone you love has a health challenge. Regardless, the Lord will never leave us. The Lord is on thy side. He will be with us consistently through the ups and the downs. Go to Him during change. Leave to thy God to order and provide. Rely on Him. Trust Him. Depend on Him. Let Him help you through it.  Remember that His plan will always be better than your own.

My best friend Connor, just got his mission call to the Philippines. He is leaving in 5 1/2 weeks! His whole life is about to change. He will move to a new country, learn a new language and grow to love people he has never met before. I am so excited to see all the things he will learn and the new ways he will grow. I’m grateful for his example to accept change and to put the Lord first. When we put the Lord first and trust in Him and his timing, we cannot fail.

“Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy Heavenly Friend. Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.” 

Rachel and Connor.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Marilyn Barlow Reply

    Such a timeless message. There is nothing more constant than change. And you are right, the gospel never changes but the way it is administered and governed is ever evolving, as our lives do. And guess what? There are seasons of our lives and transition of those seasons isn’t always easy. Enjoy your season while you can because the next season of life is going to be even better. Love the girl who thinks so deep!

  2. KB Reply

    Love this post Rach. So blessed to have a front row seat to all the big things ahead for you! And that image of the seasons is awesome.

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