there is a karen song i have been listening to a lot lately. it is a translated version of “the solid rock”, one of my favorite hymns. the song has spoken to me in different ways. today, as we sang it at church, i thought of change.
everyday, people and things change. and i am one of those who likes to stick with the same old thing. i always order the same salad dish with thousand island dressing when i go to the salad concept. i normally get caramel frappucino or hot caramel mocchiato when i visit starbucks. i wear the same pair of shoes everyday until it is worn out. apparently, changing something for me is because the option is no more. it takes guts and courage for me to switch to something new.
but in daily life, it is impossible to remain the same. the routine, in one way or another, has to be broken. there are always unexpected circumstances coming our way. like this morning at church, we did not have the songs presentation projected because the computer was broken. an unavoidable accident. a change.
there can be crazy things happening all the time in our lives. the question is how can we be ready in the time of change?
take the shunammite woman story from 2 kings 4 as an example. she was coping well with life with her old husband although they did not have a child. surely, the longing was there but she had resigned to the fact that this was supposed to be. so life fell into routine. she served elisha, the man of God, well every time he came by her house. until one day, as a reward, elisha told her that she was to conceive. UNEXPECTED CHANGE! God blessed the woman and her baby grew into a little boy. until another day, her son came home crying “my head, my head!” (i don’t know what happened that caused the injury. the bible didn’t mention about it)…then he passed away in her lap. another unexpected change.
how do we deal with this thing? the answer lies in the unchanging person of Jesus Christ. isaiah 40:8 says,
surely the people are grass. the grass withers, the flower fades,
but the Word of our God stands forever.
and psalm 31:3:
for You are my Rock and my Fortress,
therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
the Bible says that God is the Rock of ages…stands eternal and will never waver…no matter what happens. thus, to deal with change, we need to have a firm ground on which we stand. we are to abide and take roots in Christ, our Lord, for we know that as we are in Him, everything is secured and we are safe in His arms.
in spite of ever-changing moods of our spouses, neighbors’ rejection or circumstances that break our lives, as we set Him as our Rock…as we stand on His solid foundation…as we hold on to His eternal promise that He will be with us until the end of the age…we stand with victory in our hands.