Change is Changeless

I’ve heard it said that the only people who like change are babies sitting in a wet diaper. I disagree with that statement on two counts. First, how many babies get their diaper changed without crying over it? Second, I’ve come to be believe that most people understand and appreciate change as a necessary, often helpful, and sometimes desirable part of life.

I have a friend who routinely rearranges the furniture in her house, much to the chagrin of her husband. I have another friend who varies his route to work each day in an attempt to stave off boredom. Some people, it seems, actually prefer change to a static way of living.

It’s interesting that both of the friends I mentioned who seek change have admitted to a desire to feel “in control”. It’s not “change” in and of itself that gives us heartburn; it’s the feeling of instability that accompanies change, especially when change is not our choice.

Many years ago, I was writing about Hebrews 13:8 in a class led by Dr. Ted Runyon at the Candler School of Theology. Here’s the verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” My assertion was that Jesus never changes, though everything else does. I still remember Dr. Runyon’s comment, written in vivid red ink: “The point is that God is FAITHFUL.”

When change comes fast and life feels chaotic, it’s important to remember that God isn’t capricious or fickle. Though we may feel confused or anxious, God never does. Whether we welcome change or resist it, always remember that God is with us, God is for us, and God is working for our good, even when life is hard.