Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t be afraid, for you have another son.” As she breathed her last – for she was dying – she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.
Change is never easy. I wish it were. Sometimes it’s like we’re dying to ourselves. Psychologists say that when change takes place there’s a grieving process that we must go through.
We can’t stop change from happening. The only thing we have control over is our attitude. It’s how we deal with change that makes all the difference.
Jacob was “on the road” when his wife Rachel died in childbirth. If anyone could have had a reason for bitterness, he did. But he didn’t wallow in self-pity.
She named the child Ben-Oni, which means, the son of my trouble. The hurt of that day would have followed the child for his entire life.
Instead, Jacob immediately changed the boy’s name to Benjamin, the son of my right hand. He released the pain into God’s hands.
I don’t know what you’re going through right now. But if there’s a great change you’re grieving over – give it to God.
Only the Lord can bring you through. Spend time before Him. Let Him turn your Ben-Oni into a Benjamin.
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.
There’s many times that change is not easy to cope with. It’s our attitude that must be worked on during those times.
When God speaks to us as we spend time in His presence, He may require us to make a great change in our lives. So great is that change sometimes, that it may seem like our old way of life has died and we have been reborn to a new way of living.
It’s essential that we learn to bury the “old man” and then move on. Unless we leave the past behind, we can never enter His future.
Change is a constant in life. Either you’re going through it right now or you will in the near future. Make the choice now to rely on God’s grace in times of change. Be willing and ready to accept His leading, whatever form it may take. Only then will change do its work and make you a better, stronger person.
Question: How are you letting God work through the changes you’re facing right now?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016