As I write this, I am looking out my office window. The sun is shining. The temperature is mild and there is a hint of spring in the air.
The following day, the weather is supposed to be rainy and dreary. The temperature is forecast to be in the low 40’s and then dropping into the 20’s overnight. It’s going to feel like winter again with all of its cold and grayness.
They say if you don’t like the weather in southern Tennessee, to just wait a couple of days and it will change. There is some truth to this. Recently, we have experienced the cold, bluster of winter but we have also enjoyed some sun and the promise of spring around the corner. It won’t be long before traces of summer begin to appear, and winter will be a memory for this year. We are blessed to enjoy four seasons in our beautiful part of the country. A change of weather is a consistent presence for us.
Weather changes. It’s a part of life. It’s not the only part of life that changes. Our health changes throughout the years. As we age, we can no longer do what we once did, or if we do it may take more time and effort than it once did. Our jobs change. Many of us are not working for the same company that we worked for ten or fifteen years ago. Friendships change. We have friends that have been lifelong friends and always will be, but we also have had other friendships that changed over time for various reasons. There are people who were once friends who have moved away, and others who distanced themselves from us. We all know people who we were once closer to than they are now. Our culture changes as well. There are scenes on television shows that would not have been broadcast twenty years ago. There is language spoken that would have been censored not too long ago. Things are accepted now that would not have been accepted a decade ago. Culture seems to be changing every day.
Life is full of changes. Weather, health, friendships, culture and other things that affect our lives experience consistent change. In the midst of this change, it’s easy to feel disoriented and confused. We miss the way things once were. In the midst of change, we long for stability and something that will hold us and anchor us. We need something to keep us stable as the waves of changes rock the boat of our lives.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
In the midst of change, we need to be reminded of this fact. Jesus does not change. His promises have not changed, and they remain true. The words he spoke two thousand years ago remain true. His commands that will improve our lives and bring us holiness and spiritual strength still do so. His love for us never changes. The love that he showed on the cross is the same love that envelopes us today. His promise of heaven remains secure. We will spend eternity with him one day. Jesus does not change. Therefore, we can hold onto him in the midst of a changing, chaotic world.
If you are experiencing change in your life, and you are feeling lost, confused and discouraged, remember that Jesus is with you. His promises are true and His love for you remains. Jesus doesn’t change. Hold onto Him. He is with you.