Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 24, 2023

When Adapting Is Hard

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”  Isaiah 26:4 (ESV)

The Martin household went from a two-some to an eight-some over the Easter weekend.  We are now the proud parents of six baby chicks.  My sweet man decided to get the chicks from his niece who raises chicks) to give to a friend’s daughter for Easter.  Did I happen to mention he didn’t check with her parents first?  Great idea, right motive and yet, we now have baby chicks.  Did I happen to mention I’m not an indoor pet person?

Lots of adapting over the past week – counting down the days until they go to their permanent home in a few weeks but until then I’m learning how to co-parent baby chicks.  Feeding and watering these chirping little babes.  It’s been interesting watching them interact with each other and how they have now trained me.  A lot of chirping means I will come running with more water or feed.  While I definitely didn’t desire or plan for this, I am embracing it.

Reminds me of how God orchestrates so many things and people in my life.  Not all of them are things I would desire.  A lot of them are unexpected interruptions much like these chicks.  Sometimes, the very things we dread land in our path unannounced and adapting is the furthest thing from our minds. Often we resist the growth God intended simply because it requires us to adapt.

Yet God desires our willingness to embrace whatever He brings into our life.  Interesting aspect of adapting – it doesn’t mean we’re settling, but rather gaining insight on how to flourish.  Webster’s definition hits it head on – to adapt means to make fit for a specific or new situation often by modification.  Our adapting means we may need to stretch outside our comfort zone.  Most of the time adapting requires we release our will and welcome God’s will.  To adapt, learn and grow despite our predetermined preferences positions us to be more like Jesus.  To be willing to be modified (transformed) by our Creator God for our next assignment.  When we exercise unconditional trust to lean into God’s plan instead of our own, we find that adapting is the perfect place to land.

So whether we encounter “chicks” this week or not, I’m sure there will be some adapting.  It may be in our schedule, work dynamics, friends or family. It could be a medical diagnosis, a financial loss or grief which propels us to our knees.  However, it presents itself, God will and can use all adapting to deepen our walk with Him, and that my friends turns all things into a good thing.

“Sweet Jesus adapting is hard but with Your help, we can welcome the transformation You long to make in our lives.  Help us to welcome Your work in us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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