Life Change and Our Sovereign God

“As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. . . . And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running.”

Willa Cather’s epic novel, My Ántonia, describes the experience of several pioneering families, who settled the tall-grass prairie of south central Nebraska. She portrays the land as immense and energetic and in some sense, foreshadowing the kind of energy and labor required to change the wild landscape into cultivated fields.

Change is never easy, yet change is necessary, and good things happen that would otherwise not occur. Recently our family experienced a few changes. We have moved from the State of Washington to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; we left an historic house that was called Terre Firma and now live in a fairly new, well-kept townhouse in a development; I have changed from being employed in a seminary in the Northwest to being employed at Calvary Baptist Seminary; we have embraced and said our good-byes to friends in one ministry, and have embraced and exchanged warm greetings with friends in a new ministry; we have taken our last child to college and returned to an “emptier” house filled with unpacked boxes. The suddenness of it all still leaves one a bit dazed.

But change should be no stranger to the Christian. Our sovereign God, who does not change, frequently uses change in circumstances to be a catalyst for a greater work: His transformation of our character. Change then becomes the occasion for us to renew our resolve, put our hand to the plow, and undergo the Spirit’s “cultivation” of our lives as we follow Jesus.

About Clint Banz
I am the Registrar and Associate Dean at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA.

8 Responses to Life Change and Our Sovereign God

  1. samuel Dinenna says:

    WOW! I did not know you were back in Lansdale! What a surprise…now I may be able to see you and Gail when we are ever in the area! Welcome back!

  2. samuel Dinenna says:

    PS. My wife said to tell you that she loved that book by Willa Cather!

  3. Russ Reemtsma says:

    Yes. Amen.

  4. Rob Clarke says:

    Hey Clint, Thank you for your thoughts. Sometimes change is exhilarating, sometimes it’s down right scary, but at all times we are reminded “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me” Ps. 138:8. See you soon friend!

  5. Joe Fleener says:

    Clint! Wow! I had no idea you were back in Lansdale either! Again, Wow!

    • Clint Banz says:

      Yeah! I’m kind of like a bad penny–they just can’t get rid of me.

      Clint Banz
      Registrar, Associate Dean
      Calvary Baptist Seminary
      1380 S. Valley Forge Road
      Lansdale, PA 19446
      215-368-7538, ext. 207

  6. Sherry says:

    No, you are not a bad penny-they are lucky to have you back Clint! Loved what you wrote about change. Change makes me think of more change. I am not the same person i was a moment ago. Perhaps it is how we adapt to change or naturally adjust to change.

  7. Julia Niveaux says:

    We sure hope to see you when we are stateside! Have fond memories of our time together!
    Give my love to Gail.
    Julia Niveaux

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