As we walk life’s path we are forever changed by the experiences we ecounter. Sometimes these are easy and incremental, sometimes they are massive and painful.
Change is a constant, which is not a contradiction. The only thing we can be certain of is that we do not leave this day the same person we were when we entered it.
In the last few days I have seen friends experience joy and sorrow. I have seen myself experience much life changing as well as a result of their experience. Every life we touch is changed. One friend has a new love in his life. Another has suffered the breakdown of a relationship where a child is involved. Still another has begun a new life in a foreign country.
These are actually minor pieces of information to me that represent major upheaval to them, both for the good and the bad as they experience it.
Business may be good, health may deteriorate. We cannot know what the world will throw at us this day. There is no constant but change…
To give us hope and an anchor in the storm of this life we have a God who is an absolute constant. His love for us is the same yesterday as it will be tomorrow. His desire for us is constant. For God, everything is now.
I believe Einstein surmised that at the speed of light there is no passage of time. Everything is now. Jesus declared Himself to be the Light of the World. “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” declares 1 John 1:5. It makes sense. Everything is now.
There is no change outside time. Time exists within God, rather than the other way around. We tend to forget this. It’s easy to do that. We get caught up in what’s happening in our lives and we forget that God is outside it all. He’s bigger than our problems. He knows the beginning from the end. He is the beginning and the end!
What would life be like if, just for a moment, we could perceive it through God’s eyes? How would we change things? Would we change things?
Should we change things? What we should perhaps rather do is to understand.
Paul had an eternal perspective, and his life gradually became a constant movement towards God as a result. The world threw everything it had at him and he just kept his heart guarded and followed his path.
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.” (Proverbs 4:23-26 Amplified)
I love that “consider”. We move in response to circumstance. Paul considered his path. We are tossed about by the changes in our external conditions. Paul fixed his heart and moved towards Jesus with an unswerving course.
I would love to be like Paul, keep my eyes fixed on the prize and not be swayed by the troubles of this life. But I’m not. I have my moments, we all do, but generally I’m thrown about by the troubles of this world. Changes overpower me and I wrestle with decisions I need to make and those I already made. Only where I have actually cut off the possibility of change do I have peace about staying the course – my Faith in Jesus and my marriage. These areas are the strongest in my life. They are also suffering the greatest attack. I am challenged to change what I believe about both by circumstances daily.
My Faith is based on a secure and unchanging foundation – the person of Jesus. My marriage is built on this same foundation – the person of Jesus.
Change in our external circumstances is inevitable. This life brings troubles and sorrow with it much of the time, especially if you choose following Jesus as a life to live. But we must guard our hearts against being undermined by circumstances.
We must be single minded and focussed if we are to survive the constant onslaught of the changes in the world.