For I am the Lord, I change not… Malachi 3:6
It’s almost time for another seasonal shift. The winds blow warm and then cold, rain storms appear out of nowhere and the temperature vacillates. Soon, the weather will be hot and humid. In my part of the world, summer’s relentless heat is discouraging, and I dread its arrival.
In my life, too, the winds of change are blowing. My children are growing older and more dependent. I am happy about this, and I am sad about this. I am happy that their training is taking root; that we are seeing fruit for our labors. Yet, I am sad, too. Sad that things must change. I am getting older, my foot injury is proving that! I’m not healing as quickly as I once did! I spotted a few more gray hairs, and I uttered the words “our grandchildren” when discussing my future with my husband. What? Our what? No way. Okay, thankfully, that’s not going to be anytime soon, but, that’s my future – becoming a grandmother! (ME?)
I sat letting these thoughts wash over me, wishing for all I’m worth that time would just stand still. No more change! I mean, I like variety in food, and yes, even in the weather, but not in my life. I like it when my life stays the same. As I pondered this, the Lord whispered to my heart, “Everything changes on Earth, but not in Heaven.” That’s right! God never changes. He can say today, “I will be this way forever.” and mean it! I used to say stuff like, “Mom will be in the store forever.” But, I was lying. I knew she wouldn’t be in the store forever – just a really, really, really long time. When God says “forever”, He means it.