Since the Pope announced he was stepping down, I've been observing the reaction of the Catholic church to his decision. Most of the reactions I've seen is how upset the people are. Or maybe that's just what the media is showing. Since I'm not Catholic I don't have first hand knowledge of the inside scoop on this news.
In the church I attend the leader(s) change regularly. I know how it feels when the leader changes especially if it is one that everyone liked and enjoyed being around. It's great to have someone whose leadership and servant qualities are strong and people want to respond to them. Or maybe the leader is easy to talk to, listen to and one that people want to confide in. A leader with good qualities will be missed. When the leader leaves or changes, it creates uncertainty of the future. What will happen next? What will we do?
The spiritual leaders of the church have a higher calling. But they are still human. And the organization of the church on earth is subject to change. Humans disappoint and things change, like it or not.
The answer is to know whose you are and who you follow.
That's why it's important to follow The Leader. There's only one and he doesn't disappoint. Life around me can change all it wants to, but my Leader's promise is to never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6). And he's the only one I can count on for a relationship with God (John 14:6). And He even makes reservations for me (John 14:2)!