“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Are you in the mood for a creative writing exercise? Indulge the English teacher in me for a moment and get a pen & paper. Spend 5 minutes making a list of words or phrases that come to your mind when you hear the word “change”. Do it! I’ll be back in 5 minutes…
Okay, here’s my list. (I have to share; I was totally one of those kids in English class who couldn’t wait to read what they wrote.)
- loose coins
- fall, trees, colors, leaves
- moving yet again
- growing up
- growing better
- growing older
- growing wiser
- hair dye
- bright red hair as seen on the metro in Budapest, Hungary (you had to be there)
- changing my mind
- changing seasons
- changing tastes
- change of address
- rhymes with range, strange
- is it the opposite of boredom?
- change it up a little!
I generally love change. I like rearranging furniture, the transition from one season to the next (hallelujah for fall!), and moving somewhere different after awhile. I also struggle with change. Whenever something new happens, something old fades away. Patterns that were once vital give way to new routines and responsibilities. It’s the cycle of life, really. I both like it and am totally overwhelmed by it.
This simple yet powerful verse from Hebrews really keeps me grounded in times of great change. New jobs. New babies. New addresses. When everything around me is changing, and when relationships are put to the test, it is an incredible encouragement to reflect on the One who does not change: Jesus. He is utterly dependable, wholly reliable, and fantastically there. All the time.
In my times of struggle and uncertainty, I find myself worshipping God with one song over all others: “Unchanging” by Chris Tomlin. All of the lyrics celebrate the consistency and wonder of God, and they build up to this simple bridge: “You were, You are, You will always be…” What a comfort!
Lord, we are grateful for how you remain consistent in our lives – you are ever faithful, and you never fail! As we are tossed by the ebb and flow of our own doubts and uncertainties, our struggles and fears, please whisper your promises to us and help us see your goodness this week. Amen.
Did you do the writing prompt? Share your list in the comments! What about God’s unchanging nature captures you? And as a bonus, here’s a video of Tomlin leading a church in worship to this song. May it encourage you this week as it has so often encouraged me.