Today is a day of change. Within the past few hours I’ve received word from several different friends who are experiencing profound changes in their lives.
- One will be moving to a foreign country to teach and do mission work.
- One just lost her father.
- One just had her oldest son drive across country to work at the same dude ranch that SHE worked at over the summers when she was his age…and her youngest son just graduated from high school this weekend–and he’ll be leaving soon to pursue his summer work, as well.
- One sent a prayer request for a relative with a life-threatening diagnosis.
Some of these changes will bring adventure and laughter. Some of that change will bring days of difficulty and the feelings of anger, frustration and pain. Regardless of whether the news was good or bad, each of these friends may have days with feelings of loneliness and feelings of separation from loved ones as a result. Lives will be forever changed as a result of the news in each of these situations.
No matter which situation I think about, however, here are some of the things that will not change–for any of these friends…or you…or me:
- God still loves us and He wants to use whatever circumstance we’re in to draw us into deeper relationship with Him.
- He will be there in ways that match the needs of each person involved.
- He will be there on the days of celebration and in the new discoveries for both those who are away and those still at home.
- He will be there even when the days are difficult and He will take the tears and the hurt and, yes, even the anger and use it to bless those who cry out to Him.
- He will still be God…no matter what else changes.
“I am the LORD, and I do not change…” Malachi 3:6 (NLT, 2007)