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The Cure for Seasickness

Our friend expressed his fear of getting a boat, especially when the water is choppy.  A fisherman responded, “Just keep your eyes on something that doesn’t move—a mountain, for example.  Then you’ll be fine.” 

I often feel seasick with all the changes going on around me—or just plain sick!  What is not changing?  When I have learned how to use one computer program, it’s time for a “new, improved” version!  When I have figured out how to use the latest kind of appliances in a public restroom, there’s a new way to make something turn on or come out of a dispenser or flush down!  When I have gotten used to the new structure in my organization—guess what!  We get a new one.  But just wait a year or two and it will change again.  I hope I’m learning to be flexible and go with the flow.

But those are not the important things.  Far more alarming are the shifting waves of cultural norms, what is good and what is bad.  Things that used to be wrong are now embraced with open arms by many and foisted on others.  And things that used to be good are mocked and even called “evil.”  Why?  Do right and wrong change?  Or is there no right or wrong after all?

Beyond all these changing waves stands a steady lighthouse or mountain.  It will not change and can help me stay sane if I keep my eyes fixed there.  Is it a coincidence that God compares Himself to a rock (Psalm 18:2), a fortress (Psalm 91:2), and an anchor (Hebrews 6:19)?

Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.  (James 1:6b-8)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.  He never changes … (James 1:17)

I am the Lord your God and I never change.  (Malachi 3:6)

Jesus is the Rock:

First Things First

Here are excerpts from the lyrics to a song I ran across.  Pretty poignant.

We say, “Show me, and I’ll trust You”
God says, “Trust me and I’ll show You.”

We say, “Heal me, and I’ll praise You,”
God says, “Praise me and I’ll heal you.”

We say, “Bless me and I’ll follow,”
God says, “Follow and I’ll bless you.”

We say, “Change me and I’ll love You,”
God says, “Love me and I’ll change you”….

You’ve got to put first things first, get your heart out of reverse,
for the highest will be servants, and the lowest will be kings…

(Words by Claire Clonginger, copyright 1987 Paragon Music and Word Music.)

The Challenge of Change

Since returning to my home country and traveling on highways once again, I am alarmed that I can no longer read road signs at a safe distance. And this morning I strained and struggled to see the verse numbers in my Bible. At the optometrist this morning I found out that, in addition to other things, I’ve developed astigmatism. 

The changes that come naturally with aging are difficult but possibly less threatening than changes we see around us brought about by human agents.  Changes in our organizations, workplaces, economy, government, and more! 

In all of this, there are three things I want to remember about change:

Change in the world and my circumstances is inevitable. Some of it is welcome, but much is unsettling, confusing, threatening, and downright scary.  Is it because it requires me to change—my expectations, comfort zone, sources of security?

 God never changes.  His character, His truth, His plan, His love.  I can count on Him.
1 Sam. 15:29  He doesn’t lie or change his mind.
Ps. 110:4  What he promises/says stands.
Mal. 3:6  I am Yahweh & I do not change.That is why you are not already destroyed!
Jas. 1:17  He does not change like shifting shadow.
Heb. 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today & forever!
Heb. 6:18  Unchangeable—God’s promise & oath!

I must change.  Not only to flex with the inevitable changes around me but also to become more like Christ, and fulfill His wonderful plan for my life.
Mt. 18:3  Unless you change & become like little children…
2 Cor. 3:18  As we see God’s glory, we are being changed to be like him & reflect his glory.
1 Cor. 15:51-52  Our bodies will be changed, incorruptible.

Here are some lines from songs and Scripture that I love:
“Change my heart O Lord…May I be like You!”
“Change and decay in all around I see.  O Thou who changest not, abide with me”
“From glory to glory he’s changing me”
“Change my heart, O God..make it be like you”
“In every change he faithful will remain”
“Be still my soul…when change and tears are past,
   all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.”
“He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be…”

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