Fall is a fantastic time to reflect on the rhythm of change God has woven into the fabric of our lives. From the changing fall colors, to elections, and even to the personal changes in our own lives, there are many examples of change around us. Yet, if I’m honest with myself, and with you, I don’t particularly like change. I like to think that I like change, but when it comes right down to it, change can be, and is, very hard.
I find myself in the midst of change now as I’ve just left one job and am following God on another adventure which is quite nerve-wracking. Yet, as I’ve been taking these steps, I’ve also seen God going before me in remarkable ways. Which leads me to believe that change provides me with an opportunity to test who and Whom I’m trusting in. Change is an opportunity to trust God. The challenge then becomes, will I look up, side-to-side, or even down when change occurs?
I recently found myself drawn to the refrain from the song which says, “All may change, but Jesus never, Glory to His name.” What an incredible reminder of the immutability of Jesus. When life is swirling around us, Jesus does not change. When fear and anxiety about a pandemic grips our hearts, Jesus does not change. When we’re tasked with a monumental change that seems totally crazy, Jesus does not change. I’ll go on.
When we have to say goodbye to coworkers and friends, Jesus does not change. When watching the election, Jesus does not change. When your car breaks down, Jesus does not change. When you lose a loved one who has passed on to the other side of the veil, Jesus does not change.
As much as we may loathe the idea of change, Jesus does not change. Go ahead fill in the blank with whatever you’re facing. When ______, Jesus does not change.
Which then got me thinking: Because Jesus does not change, what are some of the characteristics of Jesus which I am most grateful for? I’m grateful for His compassion and His kindness. How about you? What are you most grateful for about our immutable Jesus? Spend some time this Sabbath reveling in how wonderful the truth is that Jesus does not change.
I’m celebrating with you.