Is everyone’s life in flux? Nothing seems to stay the same for me, although, I work very hard to make things ordered. In my life I have experienced so many things. Some traumatic like debilitating illness, depression, death of family members, injuries, moving to new cities, leaving friends, divorce, job loss, to name a few. Some changes are good like marriage, birth, new jobs, graduations, etc. Many of you have experienced way more than me I am sure. Life is always changing and it is sometimes difficult to get a grip. Admittedly I have not always dealt well with change. It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who coined the phrase “change is the only constant”. There is truth in this but I have figured something out and it has always been important to me to remember in the midst of the fluctuations life throws at us.
- There is a God. Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” He is real, creator of the universe and thinking about you. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” He has a future in mind so no matter how chaotic things get, God is in control of it. It’s not always in my ability to grasp the meaning of any event that is thrown at me. Just to trust that there is one. I can’t count how often I need to remember this.
- Jesus is our way to Him. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. How cool is that! He not only cares about me, He is willing to sacrifice his son. I don’t deserve that! I totally admit how weak and unable to do much of anything of importance yet here we are. Eternity with Him. God has already dealt with all the change in my life that I deal so poorly with by making one offering for all my weakness.
- The Holy Spirit will help. John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Jesus knew that we would be incapable of remembering what we needed so when He left, the Holy Spirit was tasked with the job of helping us make sense out of what we could not understand. He would be tasked with helping us to experience fruit. Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law.” These things can be had in any situation. Remember the Apostle Paul in jail? Singing praises despite facing judgement and possible execution. The Holy Spirit was helping him experience fruits despite the situation.
- The Bible is my inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness: so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” As if the Holy Spirit wasn’t enough, God left us a training manual! Could it be made any simpler for us? I for one avoid reading manuals but this one is always worth my time. I have attempted and continue to use it as my blueprint to life. The bible is a help to me when the world wants to drown me in negativity.
I have found that when life around me is falling apart or changing faster than I can cope I can fall back on these things. Like most people I have experienced lows usually caused by change but I have always found my path again when I stand on these basic truths. They are my solid ground. My safety. My refuge. My comfort. My light in a crazily changing world. My blueprint in overcoming the curve balls life can throw at me. So amidst war, famine, illness, hurricanes or whatever happens I still have my constants that never change.
My prayer for you is when life changes you lean into your constant.