ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weathering Change

Updated on January 20, 2013

Growing Your Spiritual Garden

Like most people, I do not respond well to change. Although I like to think that I am flexible and try to roll with the punches, my inner self screams at the thought of change. Instead of expressing my frustration, I try to hide my emotions behind a facade of smiles and nods. On the outside, I appear positive and accommodating, but on the inside I am falling apart. In the end, my relationships suffer and I also suffer.

Change is a storm that can tear apart our spiritual gardens. Conversely, it is not the change that uproots our lives. Actually, our reaction to the change is the deciding factor. If we react negatively to change, our physical self often pays the price. Repressed emotions often result in illness causing headaches, digestive troubles, aches and pains in addition to other emotional troubles linked to anxiety like mood swings, insomnia, and depression. Therefore, in order to save our spiritual gardens from certain disaster, it is important to recognize the ill effects that change may be causing in our lives.

There are many fantastic resources designed to help the average person cope with change, and I have tried them all. However, the one outlet that has always helped me to cope with stress and change is my faith. Recently, NPR featured a series entitled "Loosing Our Religion." Many of these stories featured agnostics and atheists lamenting about the lack of counseling for people without a belief in a higher power. As I listened to their stories, I tried to put myself in their place. I understood the source of their frustrations, but I also felt extremely sad. I thought about what it would be like to face the death of a loved one, a divorce, or any life-changing event without faith. What would my life truly be like without God?

My life without God would be very bleak. I would not have any hope and no promises for tomorrow. There has always been the school of though that states that people who believe in God are essentially holding on to a false hope and failing to accept reality. Reality is only defined by the things that we can see and touch.

For me personally, I refuse to accept this argument. I have to hold on to the definition of faith given to us by the author of Hebrews. In Hebrews 11:1, we are told that faith is "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." I may not know how things will work out in the end, but I have to cling to the hope that the storm will soon be over. If I am hit with the turbulent forces of change, I have to believe that there is a force much grater than I am , walking by my side, holding my hand, and helping me find the the light at the end of the tunnel. At first, I may struggle and fight . I may try to handle things on my own, but I eventually reach out to the God that has sustained me thus far.

I weather change with faith in a higher power. This is what life is like with God and my spiritual garden flourishes in the midst of the most powerful storm.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)