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Change Changes Things

Buses, they say, take an age to arrive and then all appear in a bunch together. And so it seems with Change in my life. Of course, we all deal with change as a matter of day-to-day living. There’s nothing unusual about that. The Change that I’m referring to here is the big changes in life and, more specifically, when those changes come along together. About four years ago, I had to deal with the arrival of my first-born child, the purchase of my first house, the death of my father, being made redundant, and starting my first business — all in the space of a few months. It was tough, but in a way that you only fully realise after the fact. I got through it, mostly with the aid of faith, friends, prayer and time.

In one way, common sense says spread out the unheaval. Don’t rock the family boat too much at one time. Take the hits one at a time to disperse the pain. I’m not so sure though — I feel all at once is perhaps the best way. Just throw it all at me in a one’r and, “setting my face like flint”, I’ll get through it. Being in a constant state of big change would be a hard way to live. Seasons of constance and short storms of massive change perhaps suit me better.

That’s just theory, of course. I have no way of really knowing as I’ve never really had big changes spread out and, to bring us up to date, it looks like another storm is brewing. Changes in housing, church, job, income and spiritual climate has me wide-eyed. I’m faced with the prospect of all this change like one sitting at the front of a rollercoaster at the initial ratching up. Infact, I’m at the top, faced with the reality of what this all means, and the immediacy of it makes for a big inhale and the gulp and tightened grip before the big fall at the start of the ride.

But I’m learning to lean; I’m learning to trust. I’m getting better at seeing this stuff for what it is. I’m learning to marry up my understanding with my own circumstances. I feel more confident that everything will be alright. In fact, if I navigate in step with Him and remain in Him, I can come out of this much the richer. The opportunity for learning and growth is compelling.

So I say bring it on! All the trouble I see brewing, when viewed from this perspective, just become bigger examples of the “change is good” way-of-life I so espouse. It’s just that there’s more on the line now. But, surely, that means the reward is that much greater.

The Independence Of Scotland

Scotland has a reputation, within Scotland at least, of being an independent nation. And yet, because we’re not, there’s a sense of oppression hanging over us and the nation. And whether that oppression is perceived in the political, cultural, or spiritual realms, there is a common understanding that true freedom does not exist. Perhaps most alarmingly, that sense of oppression is being reinforced as successive generations remain under it. Worst of all, as sons and daughters are raised in that atmosphere, it becomes our identity. It’s what we understand. It’s who we are.

However, I feel that change is coming. Importantly, though, I don’t think it will necessarily come through a coming out from The Union. I believe that, as a people, we are sufficiently different from the rest of the UK that, over time and in conjunction with the work of the Holy Spirit, our differences will start to pull us in a direction that is away from the rest of the UK. There may be many reasons why we should or should not be ‘in union’, but if God is calling this nation to have a more Godly character and value system — and I believe He is — and we move with it, we will automatically have an independence far more important than the political status of this country.

The release of the Lockerbie bomber was so significant. It was a wee nation showing mercy despite great pressure from the UK and US governments. And, while I have sympathy for the families of those affected by the bombing, and the correctness of the decision from a legal position can be forever debated, the importance to building the identity of Scotland is huge. It showed the way we can become independent. I don’t just mean going against the flow for the sake of political gain, but coming into alignment with biblical principals, particularly when that is not the norm.

So, here’s the point: if Scotland is to become independent, I believe it’ll be, at first, through a spiritual shift and then, if ever, a political one. So, Body of Christ in Scotland, now is the time! Start being an influencer. Start praying for your local area and the people in it. Pray for God’s will to be done. Ask Him how you, personally, can bring that change in your area of influence. Stop believing the lie that you have no influence – you have as much as you want. And stop believing the lie that you don’t want influence! You are called to be a light and to do that you need to stand out and not hide. Come on, Church. It’s not ever going to happen by leaving it to the Spiritual Superstars! Imagine how the nation would look, even overnight, if the whole church in Scotland woke up and realised who they are and what power and authority they carry and what they are called to do with it. A nation so transformed, it would be independent!