I like coffee. A lot.
It’s comfort and caffeine all rolled into a splendid little bean that makes a delectable drink. Needless to say, I frequent coffee shops as often as life allows.
I sat in a chair at my local coffee shop yesterday drinking a cool blended beverage despite the sub-freezing temperatures outside. After drinking a few sips, I came to realize I really didn’t like the drink. It was ridiculously sweet, and there wasn’t nearly enough coffee in it.
I had made the mistake of ordering something new instead of my very predictable and basic order. I have “my order” at every restaurant and coffee shop I visit often. But a sudden adventurous mood led to a shockingly sweet reminder that I’m not usually a fan of change.
We recently put 2018 in the history books, and 2019 is stopping for no man. I find myself often dreaming and scheming about what my 2019 will hold. A lot of things have changed for me. I moved out of the only house I’ve ever lived in to go to school last fall. That was a crazy change. My whole life shifted drastically when I left.
My residency changed when I moved all my junk into a cozy little dorm room in Iowa. My schedule transformed when I had to give up my night owl ways in order to stay awake in my 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. lectures. Even my diet changed. (I now have a much greater appreciation for a home-cooked meal!)
Although many of the changes I’ve experience have resulted in good things, I’ve never been great at coping with change. When my consistent patterns are broken, I get uneasy.
My creature-of-habit ways evidence themselves in some quirky behaviors, including my coffee order. Those habits are also good at showing the condition of my heart when changes happen contrary to my own plan.
As I have walked through change in the last year and will continue to in the year to come, I have been comforted by a specific characteristic of God.
He never changes, friends.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb. 13:8).
Through the shifting and changing in my life, God is a constant.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17).
He is ever sure and trustworthy.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isa. 40:8).
His love is an anchor for my soul that easily drifts when the sea of change overtakes me.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” (Lam. 3:22–24).
He is a rock of shelter and comfort. Always.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken (Ps. 62:2).
This is the truth that will keep me through any change life brings. God is always the same. He is worthy of our trust.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23).
Ponder His steadfastness today, friend.
How will you trust our unchangeable God through 2019?