Let’s get rid of one mistaken idea about older adults: They don’t like change. The rationale has been that they don’t like change because they’re older and, therefore, set in their ways. But the truth is: None of us like change—and we all get set in our ways! We get used to a routine or doing things a certain way, and we see no reason to change.
Of course, we willingly make some changes on our own: purchasing a different car, changing to a new job. We embrace the changes that come with becoming a parent [grandparent]. But when change is thrust upon us by others, we can resist. What if things aren’t better? What if this is harder? What if . . .? We can quickly raise a lot of concerns and potential fears.
Even when we know God is behind the change, fear can still be present. In Luke 1, we see a young woman who was about to experience an incredible change in her life and circumstances. We can be encouraged by her example to trust God no matter what.