What changes have you gone through recently?
We have been in Charlottesville, VA for three years now on our current mission assignment with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. It is interesting to get used to a place, learn some of its history, read about the development of the area, and get acquainted with the people and events that contributed to the historicity and vibrancy of the town. This place was uniquely and heavily influenced and envisioned by Thomas Jefferson.
What’s really fascinating, though, are the pictures. From early, blurry photos to modern photography, you can view the changes of Mr. Jefferson’s home, as well as his idea and vision of the University of Virginia (UVA). You can observe the changes in the town of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Buildings seen in early pictures have been replaced in later ones, and some others replaced in even later ones. Streets built on top of dirt roads, old ones closed while new ones were added, and bridges, shopping malls, hospitals, and much newer housing developments were created. The expansion of UVA itself has been incredible in terms of student housing, academic and research buildings, its own health care system, and sports facilities.
The original landscape is long gone, thanks to progress and the relentless upward advance of man. Incidentally, while UVA was started in 1819, it did not become fully co-educational and admit women to its campus until 1970.
Change is inevitable in all of our lives, too. Most of us will graduate high school or college and move into the work force. Perhaps you’ll get married and eventually have children. You’ll switch jobs, move to a new area, even find new friends. You’ll set new goals, grow and mature, and look at life with hope, enthusiasm, meaning and purpose.
In the midst of all these changes, there is one constant that I have come to cherish: God. He never changes, never stops sustaining everything (i.e., when is the last time you prayed to remind God to keep the Earth on its axis?), never forgets to love and extend grace to people, and never turns His back on any of us.
The psalmist knew this. He had experienced continual changes in his life, yet understood that God is and was always there. That’s why he could write in Psalm 100:5, “The Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Read Psalm 100.
How wonderful that God promises us that His love and faithfulness will continue forever. How reassuring to know that God will never change.
Why is it so reassuring to know that God never changes? How can knowing God help you through the changes in your life? Not merely once or twice, but as often as you need Him.
Serve globally. God calls us to embrace change and be change makers. As you experience the upheavals of life, remember that God is always there. It is He who will love, sustain, and guide you through everything life has to offer. The changeless God helps us through our changes.
Love is a verb,
©2014 by Mike Olejarz