Spring is often considered a season of change and new beginnings. In many ways, the change is welcome – change in weather, in scenery and in the ratio of time spent outside vs. in. However, our general perspectives and opinions on the change in our lives vary. Some change is good, some change is bad, most change is both and almost all change is hard.
So what does our faith have to say about change?
One verse that is often quoted is, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
This passage hasn’t always been a comfort to me. What does it mean that our God doesn’t change in the midst of life that can and does forever change in an instant? Jobs are lost, loved ones die, addiction consumes; the world seems to change more than stay the same sometimes.
The psalmist’s words are of comfort, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
God is present. God’s promises are forever and unchanging. It’s not to say that some of the ways God might come to us, or how we might experience God can and do change. It’s not to say that God’s way of relating to God’s creation can’t change. But God remains our creator and grace-giver, our Redeemer and challenger and our hope. God continues to be at work, to be moving within, around and through us, within, around and through the change we encounter. God is not locked away in a time capsule, but God is relevant and present yesterday, today and forever.
It’s often only in hindsight when we look back and see that some change is a good change. What have been some good changes in your life? Are there changes God is asking you to make that might be hard and good?
As we experience changes individually and collectively, may we reach out to God and one another in resurrection hope and Christian love.
Peace, Pastor Amy