At the very end of 2000 I purchased a new bike, a Raleigh C-40. Instead of riding a road bike, this bike would be a hybrid or a cross bike depending on one's terminology. The Raleigh possessed fatter tires and a more upright ride. It also included a more comfortable seat with a shock. They created the Raleigh for comfort and not speed.
Well, sixteen years passed. The odometers on that bike recorded about 48,047 miles. I sold my old road bike when I purchased the Raleigh, but during those 16 years, I was given two road bikes, and I purchased 2 tandems (we traded in the old tandem when we bought the new one.)
But now, I bought a new bike to replace the Raleigh, a Fuji Absolute. They call this Fuji a flat bar road bike - a combination road bike and hybrid bike. (Yes, they keep changing the name of the different bike styles.) Now I will ride with thinner tires than the Raleigh, no shocks and no soft seat, unless I change it.
Why do I tell you this? Life involves change. Change means adjustments. We need to be willing to change. Things get old, including us. Situations change. People change. We need to adjust.
In this world of change, we need to be like elastic. Elastic flexes and adjusts to what it encircles. My boss purchased a new full face respirator for when he sprays certain chemicals. He needed a new respirator, because the elastic straps had lost their elasticity. Thus, the odor of the chemicals snuck inside his respirator. The elastic no longer changed to meet the size of his head.
God calls us to be like elastic and be willing to change. No, the truth doesn't change, but what he calls us to do might change. Just ponder the fifth and sixth realities of experiencing God as written by Henry Blackaby in his book "Experiencing God."
God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what he is doing.
God invites you and I to follow after him, just as he invited many biblical characters to obey him. What is the one common denominator? Change. Adjustment. We have to be willing to break our habits and patterns to join Him in what he is doing around us and what he wants to do within us. Are we ready to change?