This word, “change.” is being bantered around a lot these days. We hear about climate change, changing our passwords and profile pictures. We’re told to change our bad habits. We must change the way we live to thwart off a disease. Even our churches are asked to change the way they do their services. Pastors have had to adapt to online sermons – no physical contact – no fellowship time. They can’t visit shut ins as they used to. The common cup at communion, and physically passing the unleavened bread has been replaced with a sterilized two sided cup in a plastic wrapping. Everything must be sanitized before and after each service.
Most of us don’t like change. We fight it. We try to avoid it. We naturally feel safe when we follow some kind of routine and structure.
My oldest grandson was resistant to change from a very young age. When his mother decided to paint his room a different color, he fought it every step of the way.
When I notice another wrinkle on my already road mapped face, I don’t like the change.
When our government is changing so much, we don’t recognize it anymore, we resist.
When marriage problems arise and affections turn to someone else, that change seems impossible to handle.
When we become so dependent on the voice of others for guidance, we turn into sheep and become a herd of lost lambs.
When law enforcement has no clout,
When political candidates can do nothing but bully one another,
When our only voice is determined by our vote, and even that is in question,
When schools open and every sniffle is contributed to COVID19,
When a loved one dies and we are left to live without them,
When the weather brings destruction and loss,
When our morals and values are challenged daily,
When the lives of the unborn are deemed insignificant and can be murdered before they breathe their first breath,
When it seems like we can’t keep up with this topsy-turvy planet and all the alterations being made by the second.
That is when we need to pray our hardest. God doesn’t need our prayers to make things happen. He doesn’t need our advice. He is God. He has everything all planned out in advance. He never changes. He is steadfast when the world closes in on us. He won’t let us face anything without also providing a solution. Yet, He loves to hear from us. He has opened the door to direct communication through His only Son, Jesus. That fact will never change. He loves us. He wants what’s best for us. He is consistent and we can depend on Him alone.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.