“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?'” —Malachi 3:6-7
Here in our part of the Southwest, we don’t enjoy the same drastic change in seasons as those who live in the North. I was born and raised in New England and have many fond memories of crunching autumn leaves underfoot. Raking those leaves was a chore but jumping into piles of raked leaves was certainly fun. These days daytime temperatures in the autumn rarely fall below 70. And where I live in high desert of northern Arizona, we don’t have the privilege of viewing the brilliant autumn hues.
It doesn’t matter where we live though. We can always count on is the change of seasons. Hot summers are followed by warm autumns. Winters arrive amidst shivering cold and snow, but then spring ushers in the beginnings of warmer temperatures.
Another thing we can count on is that God never changes. He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be tomorrow. My pain levels ebb and flow, sometimes in tune with the change of seasons. I can be in despair one minute and joyful the next, but I can always be sure that God is unchangeable. What an assurance that is to me!
No matter how much things change in my life because of what I do or don’t do, I can rest on the promise that God will always be there for me, ready to listen to my praises, pleas and complaints.
How patient God is with us! Even though we constantly strive to do things on our own, He patiently waits for us to remember
that He is in control and will help us through our days. That part of His unchangeable personality soothes and reassures me as I struggle to understand and deal with the constant change going on around and inside of me.
I am so utterly thankful for my Lord of the past, the present and the future!