Everything changes…Except for one thing.
Let’s start with chatting about things that change and looking at the definition of change – as you know, a definition is my favorite place to dig in.
- a: to make different in some particular
- b: to make radically different
- c: to give a different position, course, or direction to
When we think of change, what are a few things that naturally come to mind?
Weather. It fluctuates based on seasons and sometimes day to day, especially in the state I live.
Fashion. The styles we wear change typically based on the decade. Think jelly shoes circa the 1980s, big bangs, and white spray cans of Aqua Net.
Music– today, we refer to music from years past as classic rock or old hymnals vs. today’s alternative rock and modern gospel.
Then, of course, people.
People do, in fact, change or at least have the ability and choice to change. There are physical changes as we age, lose/gain weight, etc., but people also change in character, how we behave, and what we think.
I know this to be factual because myself and my husband, as individuals and in our marriage, are living proof of change. If I were to give a highlight reel of our lives, the above definitions, a, b and c, would all apply. Just ask those closest to us.
Here’s the truth of the matter though…not all change is wanted or comfortable. Even knowing that God is with us in our circumstances and at times actually instructs us to change doesn’t always take the rawness away when change comes.
The world around us changes, and in this world, change comes in both positive and negative ways. As people we learn, and grow, both physically and emotionally, and spiritually. God designed us to learn, it’s why He gave us a Teacher and lessons within the Bible.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, not angels nor rulers, not things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“…Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2Corinthians 5:17
Personally, I can become too focused on what change is to come. Sometimes I need to pause for just a minute, slow down, and think about the care and thoughtfulness of God. He allows us the opportunity to change, grow, and for us to discover His word and will more intimately. He does this to help us better prepare for the changes that will undoubtedly come in this world.
We learned the definition of “change” above, so when we look at the definition “grow,” we learn it means –
- a : to spring up and develop to maturity
- b : to be able to grow in some place or situation
- c : to assume some relation through or as if through a process of natural growth
Think about it. God allows us to develop to maturity, to grow in places/situations, and to assume relation through a process (aka change). There is comfort in knowing that regardless of the change that comes, positive or not, He is with us.
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion for you.” Isaiah 54:10
And let us not forget that God is the one thing that does not change no matter what other changes may occur.
“For I the Lord, do not change; there you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
Lord, may my mouth and heart shout, Hallelujah! You are with us no matter what changes come. May we give you our sincerest praise and take comfort in knowing you remain unchanged through it all. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Written June 16, 2022