Maybe it’s seeing the colorful leaves changing. Maybe it’s feeling the briskness in the air. Maybe it’s smelling the aroma of pumpkin cookies. Or maybe it’s watching the squirrels burying nuts. I love autumn! It’s definitely my favorite season.
In a way, I’m surprised at this because I don’t really like change. I’m one of those people who enjoy sameness. If I’m happy with something that I’ve purchased, I don’t grow tired of it and feel the need for change—which is why I’ve had the same couch for 19 years and the same china since our wedding 34 years ago. It’s not that I’m boring! I do love new adventures. But when it comes to what surrounds me on a day-to-day basis, I like the familiar. Maybe it’s because keeping things the same feels like home to me.
But just as the seasons change, things in my life change—and some of those changes aren’t always welcome. My father-in-law and brother have died and are no longer with us. My parents are aging. And our daughter is attending college over 500 miles from home. Those are the toughest kind of changes.
Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Today I remembered a verse in the Bible that tells me of something—Someone—who will never change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Especially given the fact that Jesus has always been there—even before the creation of the world. Yet He never changes! Today He is the same God who parted the Red Sea, who forgave King David, who touched the leper, who died on the cross, who rose again, and who went to Heaven to prepare a place for you and me.
Someday, Jesus will come and make one big permanent change. A change that I will be very okay with! But until then, I will take mental snapshots to remember the happy times when certain things in my life were the same—and hold on to the promise that Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday, and will be tomorrow.
—Written by Nancy Canwell