Back in April, I joined others from Blueprint on my first mission trip. Simply put, it ravished me. But, since I’ve returned, everything around me seems to keep changing. Less than a month after being in a different country, I headed off to a different state where I’d spend two months serving at Kids Across America (that deserves a blog post all its own). I said goodbye to friends, family, community and my city for the summer. I said hello to 8-10 new kampers every week in the cabin I lead with my co-counselors. Then, after five weeks, I said “see you later” to those two co-counselors and “hello” to a new partner in a different cabin with different girls. I then returned home to begrudgingly say sayonara to my best friend whose teaching abroad for the next 10 months. I started a new job last week, and did I mention I’m moving in about three weeks? Please, tell me your head is spinning too!
Robert Frost put it this way—“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Indeed it does. But what do we do when things are changing so rapidly around us? Do we just jump right into whatever is in front of us now? Do we hold on to what’s behind us? Or do we sit in our car in the church parking lot hoping that somehow our head and heart will just catch up with our eyes? (Oh, you’ve never done that?)
I think the problem comes in thinking those last three questions are the starting point.
If everything around us is changing, it is first wise for us to consider what—if anything—isn’t changing. Well, according to Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He is immutable! Alright, but how does that help me if things around us are changing? It gives us an anchor. A rock. A refuge. We don’t just jump into anything, we don’t pretend like life doesn’t have to go on, and we definitely don’t let emotions and overwhelming thoughts keep us from progressing. We run to the God of the past, present and future—the Rock of Ages. He will provide the comfort, guidance, strength and courage we need to not be shaken by the world around us.
“The cross stands firm as the world turns.”
*Psalm 62 is a great place to hangout.