Changes seem to come faster than we can comprehend. When we feel like we are getting into a rhythm, something can easily knock us off and we are left trying to figure out what’s next and how to recover. So many things can come our way in a single day, it can leave us anxious, overwhelmed, and generally looking to hide. For many of us, change is one of the most difficult things we face. We don’t want to change. And even if we do want to change, if we are honest, we don’t want to put in the work to change. Change is hard. And we may find we are comfortable where we are. Even if we are not comfortable, we know what to expect where we are. So we do anything we can to avoid it. We kick and scream and fight just to keep things the same. We likely find we will never win the fight. Things change, people change, and sometimes we need to change as well. Change can be good, very good. But when we are scared, we miss the good in it all. How do we move forward when we simply want everything to stay the same? How do we learn to warm up to change so it does not wreck us?
When change is wreaking havoc, we look to the constant. What (who) doesn’t change? How can we find the stability, the base where we can run? Where can we go when we need that rock and support? It isn’t in our family or friends – they are dealing with change too. It isn’t in food or addictions – that numbs the fact things change but we still must face it. The one place we can find stability in it all is with God. He doesn’t change. He is the same loving, caring, peace-giving God he was before the creation of the world. He is the same God who calmed the fears of so many of his children in the Bible and can calm our fears as well. He has watched change frighten us and welcomes us to the stability and comfort of his never-changing embrace. He doesn’t change because he doesn’t need to change. He is our all-in-all. He is Creator. He knows just what we need when we don’t even understand our own needs. Our rock and our foundation should be found in him – the One who never changes. He is with us. He is our stability. He will calm us and provide for us – even when all else is out of control.
May we find peace in the chaos of change. May we be reminded God is never changing. May we feel his almighty love wash over us no matter what we may face. May we see God today.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”