Remember there is one constant when all about you is in flux.
Posted in , Sep 27, 2017
Autumn is here. It’s time for colorful fall leaves, pumpkin spice everything and those crisp cool days that just make a person feel good. It’s one of my favorite seasons, and I always try to squeeze the enjoyment from each day because I know what lies ahead. Yes, winter.
I’m not such a big fan of winter. We live in the mountains, and winter often means icy roads, power outages from snowstorms and times of running from the car into the house quickly because it’s freezing cold outside. It’s beautiful with everything covered in snow, but it doesn’t usually take long for me to get cabin fever and to long for spring and flowers and flip-flops.
Seasons change whether we like it or not, and life is the same way.
There are seasons of aging, as knees start to ache, backs start to grumble, and muscles rebel when we ask them to do something.
There are seasons of watching our children grow from infants to toddlers to high school graduates who tower over us…seemingly overnight. Relationships are constantly evolving, with the loss of old friends, and new ones who step into our lives and hearts.
Even our work situations change and evolve—sometimes with good changes and sometimes with events that shatter our finances and plans.
I’ll be honest. I don’t like change, and I love setting down deep roots in my life. But I’ve discovered that many changes that I’ve experienced were actually wonderful things—even though they didn’t seem like it when they first happened.
There’s one constant in the midst of all these changes—Jesus. He never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” That gives us something—Someone—to cling to when hard times come, and Someone to celebrate with when good days arrive.
And He reminds us in Lamentations 3:23 that His “mercies are new every morning.” No matter what we’ll face, His mercy is there waiting for us.
Seasons change. Life changes. Jesus doesn’t. That’s all we need to know.
In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wasn’t a good candidate for chemo. I took tamoxifen instead and gave my trouble to God—just as Dr. Peale suggested in his book, "Thought Conditioners". Since then I’ve remained cancer free. -Guideposts Magazine reader