This past Sunday, Katie Langendorfer led a children’s sermon on “changes.” Katie herself is in the midst of a major life change with the recent passing of her husband Ron. She asked the kids if they had experienced any changes lately, and while they stayed unusually quiet, Katie pointed out that going back to school, with new teachers, was a big change in their lives. Finally, my daughter mentioned that her brother just started college. A big change indeed for our family. I keep expecting to hear the garage door opening and his car pulling in (with accompanying heavy bass sounds rattling the house). We certainly are missing him, and still adjusting to this new dynamic.
We have some wonderful and hopeful changes taking place in our church. We recently purchased the property on which our Community Christian Outreach Center has operated for the past 3 years. It’s always a bit scary making such a purchase, because it involves risk. Our next step involves getting a conditional use permit to continue the work for years to come. Your prayers are appreciated as we navigate through this new situation.
I may or may not know those of you reading this, and even if we do know one other, I may or may not be aware of what’s happening in your life. But I don’t need to be a prophet to write that you likely are going through changes. These changes may be for better or worse, regarding: family, relationships, finances, career, and/or your faith. In some of these areas, you may have the ability affect the outcome. For example, if you don’t like your job, you have the ability to find another one (though in some circumstances that may not be do-able). But in other areas, changes happen to us, and we can only “deal with it.” A more positive way to put it is, in the words of Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” That is really great advice! And yet, changing your attitude may be easier said than done. If your life is one in which every month, or every week, or sometimes every day you are being hit with a new problem, it can become very difficult to have a good attitude.
So what do we do with this? Where do we go? Katie and the children reminded us last Sunday: we go to God. I have heard that the only constant in life is change. That sounds profound on the surface, but it’s simply not true. We read in the book of Hebrews: “… God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’ … Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:5-6,8; NIV) Despite the often chaotic changes in our lives, Jesus is there for you as He always has been and always will be.
Is this truth part of your life? Or do you believe the lie that He is far from you? Is this truth front and center in your heart and mind? Or something you quickly forget when trouble arises once again? I encourage you to memorize this verse; mediate upon it; and make it yours. Because when that happens, it won’t matter what changes come against you, because Jesus is greater than them all, and you will not be moved