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Life is all about change. And change can be healthy. We need some change. There are very few things that NEVER change. From birth to the grave, our bodies change. Some changes we long for, some we chose, while others, we wish we could prevent.
Remember being a child how you couldn't wait to be taller, or older, or smarter than you were? If you were just tall enough, old enough, good looking enough, smart enough...you could go on and on. These are changes we may have longed for.
How about when you decided to lose weight, gain weight, color your hair, grow a beard, exercise, lift weights? These decisions bring about changes that we have chosen.
Then as we grow to maturity more change comes our way. Changes we often would not have chosen. We need glasses, we need READING glasses! Bifocals? Don't even go there! Our bones ache, skin sags, muscles soften, teeth decay. We need more rest and then can't sleep. We can't hear well AND the grandkids music is TOO loud! We have much to remember and remember very little. Yes, like it or not, our bodies change.
The seasons and the weather change. Summer brings bright, hot days and brief, sweltering nights. Flowers reach for the warmth of the sun and tree frogs sing their songs of eventide. We cut grass, water plants, swim and sip iced tea. Then comes autumn with her glorious banner of gold, red, purple, and orange colors flickering in the treetops, dashed among the shrubs. Leaves swirl and twirl to the music of the wind. Children jump and frolic in the leafy crunchiness and the crisp air. Winter marches upon us in a flurry of holiday activity. The weather turns cold, the trees are bare, the days short. Rain, snow, sleet, hail, parade their damp, icey, chill through the months of winter. We stay inside and watch them as they pass by. Just in time, spring arrives with much promise and hope. A bud here, a blossom there, the earth is poised for another change. Bees begin their buzzing as the daffodils poke their little yellow bonnets through the soil. The sun shines longer and we step into it to soak in the light of the day. The Earth is all about change.
People change. We grow. We learn. Things that we gave no thought to just yesterday, may be our focal point today. The more we know, the more we understand, the more we need to know and understand. Circumstances that touch our lives bring us to change. People who touch our lives help us to change. Good or bad, we change. We change where we live, how we feel, what we like, what we don't like. Sometimes we even change who we love. We hurt. We hate. We heal. We love. People change.
There is only one that will NEVER change. That is God, our Father. The creator of Heaven and Earth. The maker of all that is in the Earth. The lover of our souls. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. In the Old Testament God himself states, "I am the Lord, I change not;" What comfort we can take in those words. It is because of this truth about God's character that we can fully trust in every promise we have found in His Word.
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." (Jeremiah 31:3).
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3).
He lovingly draws us to Himself. His love is everlasting. He is preparing a place for us. He is coming again. We will be together someday! In this world of change, it is comforting to know that our God DOESN'T change.
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I am so thankful that God is not like us--that in Him there is "no variableness, no shadow of turning." Thanks for reminding me!!
Robin, this is very good. Your choice of words and descriptive abilities made this a pleasure to read. I love how you compared God's unchanging ways with the change of seasons, and our own fickleness. All in all, a great read. Thanks for sharing~Mary
Robin, Great words! The unchanging God! What reassurance those words bring! God bless you!!! Donna
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