We are at the end of summer. We know that fall is on its way. We know the seasons change. We expect it. When it happens, no one is shocked. We also talk about seasons of life: going to college, newlyweds, kids grow up, we get older, job change, health change, and the list goes on and on. We know these things happen – not with the clockwork of the seasons of the year, but they do happen. And when they do, sometimes we are shocked – or at least thrown off balance. We don’t expect it, even though we know change is inevitable. And very often, one change sets off a series of more changes or adjustments.
Change happens in church. We are adjusting to a nutty guy named Stephen moving back to Louisiana. We are grieving the loss of Donna Mackey, Director of First Kids for nearly 22 years. You may be dealing with other kinds of change in your life. Sometimes change happens and we adjust and continue on. Sometimes life is different permanently. Change is not easy. And the reality is, if you haven’t dealt with change lately, you will at some point in the future.
In the midst of change, here’s the good news: God is constant. We read in the Scriptures about His power, His majesty, His love, His plan for us, and we realize that in a world where change happens so often, God faithful and consistent. When we want to sit down and lament, Jeremiah tells us God is faithful: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV). James tells us that God does not change: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).
So, are you struggling with adjustments to change in life? Are you grieving because something has changed? Spend some time with the God who does not change. You can trust Him. He is our constant in an ever-changing world. “’All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:24-25, ESV).