Isn’t it amazing (and unsettling!) how quickly life can get away from you? I can’t believe it’s July 15th already. I always think the summer will be a time of rest and relaxation, but this summer has been a sea of change: friends have moved away, students have headed off to college, lots of new faces have moved into town. It’s seems like everyday I find some part of life irreversibly altered from what it was before. In all the change, I’ve found anything but rest - more like frustration and fear. It’s enough to make you want to put the breaks on even though you know you can’t.
Yesterday, I came across one of my favorite quotes, a statement by the theologian Kevin Vanhoozer: “Faithfulness sometimes requires change, not sameness.” It reminded me that whether I like it or not, life is change. If I’m to remain true to my calling, faithful to my family, and loyal to my friends, then I must change with along with life’s circumstances. To resist change is to abandon one’s post. For example, if I want to keep being a faithful dad to my children, I can’t keep treating them like they’re babies when they’re not. Likewise, if I want to be faithful to my wife, I can’t simply keep loving the woman I married, I have to also learn how to love the woman she has become and is becoming.
The best example of this faithfulness through change is God himself. In the book of Lamentations we’re told “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;” God doesn’t just rely on yesterday’s compassion; he keeps speaking his mercies afresh into our lives every day. His compassion never fails because it is constantly new. What a word to us who are trying to be like him. Are you attempting to hold onto yesterday? How might that be causing you to miss out on being faithful today? How can your mercy, love, compassion, and faithfulness, be new this morning?
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies – Psalm 36:5.