The Lord Does Not Change

THANKFUL THURSDAY

“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?'” —Malachi 3:6-7

Here in our part of the Southwest, we don’t enjoy the same drastic change in seasons as those who live in the North. I was born and raised in New England and have many fond memories of crunching autumn leaves underfoot. Raking those leaves was a chore but jumping into piles of raked leaves was certainly fun. These days daytime temperatures in the autumn rarely fall below 70. And where I live in high desert of northern Arizona, we don’t have the privilege of viewing the brilliant autumn hues.

It doesn’t matter where we live though. We can always count on is the change of seasons. Hot summers are followed by warm autumns. Winters arrive amidst shivering cold and snow, but then spring ushers in the beginnings of warmer temperatures.

Another thing we can count on is that God never changes. He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be tomorrow. My pain levels ebb and flow, sometimes in tune with the change of seasons. I can be in despair one minute and joyful the next, but I can always be sure that God is unchangeable. What an assurance that is to me!

No matter how much things change in my life because of what I do or don’t do, I can rest on the promise that God will always be there for me, ready to listen to my praises, pleas and complaints.

How patient God is with us! Even though we constantly strive to do things on our own, He patiently waits for us to remember
that He is in control and will help us through our days. That part of His unchangeable personality soothes and reassures me as I struggle to understand and deal with the constant change going on around and inside of me.

I am so utterly thankful for my Lord of the past, the present and the future!

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” —1 John 3:1

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About Anna Popescu

I live in northern Arizona with my husband, Rick. I am blessed to say that Rick and I are at the bottom corners of a triangle where Jesus sits at the top corner. My children, Kathy & Alan, live in the Phoenix area and make this mom's heart thankful they have grown to be such wonderful and caring adults. Alan married in 2010, so I am also blessed with Denise as a special daughter-in-love. The Lord took my Mom home in 2007, and I miss her. My Dad and two sisters live in Florida while my two other sisters live in the Northeast. God has also blessed me and Rick with a local family of very close-knit friends. I love to write when I am able, but on the days when I am struggling with health issues and can't manage much of anything, I can at least crochet. These days I mainly crochet lapghans of various colors and sizes for area rehab centers and nursing homes.

Posted on May 24, 2012, in Lord, thankful and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. john christopher

    This was good Anna, as always. God bless

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