Changes

My daughter, Maria, just turned 16 yesterday. She's growing up so fast!

Marcus McClellan, our awesome youth director, announced this week that he will be moving on to serve a new church in Apex, North Carolina.

A wonderful friend of mine just started her chemo treatments yesterday, the beginning of a long process.

Another friend found her dream house and the offer was accepted.

Changes. Transitions. Both good and bad. And even good and bad at the same time.

I'm sure you've heard the quote from the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus: "The only thing that is constant is change."

It sure does seem that way!

Changes or transitions can inspire us or they can knock us down flat. Transitions can feel like a numbing pain that is always in the back of our mind. Or they can make us change course immediately because we really have no choice. Some changes bring out the positive in everyone around us. Others cause us to stumble and fall. 

But, I'm going to be bold enough to argue with the ancient Greek philosopher. Change might be constant, but it's not the only constant: God is even more constant; He's our rock.

Isaiah 26:4 instructs us to "Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." I love the way that this verse is paraphrased in The Message, "Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing."

God is a sure thing; absolutely certain; an eternal rock.

But boy, it sure is hard to remember this during a life transition.  

Transitions usually cause extra work. We may have to make time to ride with and teach a beginning driver, pick up additional responsibilities at work, go to the doctor more often, or add a million things to our to-do list to make it through a change.  

Keep your focus on God, our sure thing, our everlasting rock.

Transitions can cause new and different emotions. We may feel our age more dramatically, experience the kind of excitement that keeps you from sleeping, go through huge ups and downs in the course of a few days, or experience worry and fear like never before.

Keep your focus on God, our sure thing, our everlasting rock.

Transitions may affect our relationships. We may be separated from friends by distance, grow closer to our family, open up to someone new, or even shut someone out of our lives.  

Keep your focus on God, our sure thing, our everlasting rock.

No matter what change you are experiencing, God is waiting for you to depend on Him.

Pick up a rock this weekend and put it in your pocket as a reminder that God is always there, always with you, always constant. Pick up a second rock and give it to a friend who needs that reminder.