Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father who does not change like shifting shadows. -- James 1:17 (NIV)
Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate change. Because of this, leaving home and going off to college was a bit of a struggle for me, and I’ll never forget the day I left home. With a car full of rubbermaid containers, off we went to Lexington. Move in day was hectic, which was a good distraction for my anxious heart. Between sorority events and meeting new people, I didn’t have time to realize my entire life had just changed.
But that night when I finally had a few minutes to myself, tears fell from my eyes as it hit me all at once, just how scared I really was. I called up one of my friends from home who also went to UK, and we sat outside the library and talked. In the midst of change, and an unfamiliar future, being with someone who knew me well felt like coming home. And though it was a blessing to have people I grew up with there at school with me, I can’t help but think that the closest thing to “home” I’ll ever know is Jesus. It sounds cliché, but He is the only One who has been next to me every minute, of every day of my life. I find comfort in that.
Now I am headed back to Lexington for my junior year and I realize just how different I am from that wide-eyed eighteen year old girl. The campus no longer intimidates me, and the more time I spend there, the more it feels like a second home.
I don’t worry as much anymore about my class schedule, making friends, or what “college” is going to be like. I have experienced those things. Now when I look ahead I wonder what the rest of my life will look like, and I feel like that naïve freshman girl again. In those moments of uncertainty, I remind myself of what is true…that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. That He never has and never will leave my side.
I’ve heard it said that the only thing we can really count on in this life is change and uncertainty. I don’t think that is completely true. Though life is unpredictable, we serve a God who is consistent, timeless, and predictable in character. I praise Him for that.
1. What areas of your life do you need to let go of in order to trust God?
2. How can you make small changes in your thinking, in order to remind yourself that God is in control?
3. In the past, how have you seen God show up when it seemed like nothing was the same anymore?
Lord, thank You for being the only consistent thing in this world. Thank You for Your unconditional love and presence in our lives even when it feels like everything around us is changing. We know that change is necessary and brings about growth in our hearts and minds. We know Your heart towards us is kind and that You never let us walk alone. We love You Jesus.
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This post was originally featured on August 8th, 2017.