Lately I've been reminded of how constant our God is. I've always known, I suppose, but through the circumstances in my own life lately, the lives of my friends and those I love, and the happenings in the world around me, this truth has been impressed strongly on my heart.
One thing that I've learned over the last few years is how much people change, and how many people walk out of your life. I remember being told in high school and early college that the friends I had then probably wouldn't be my friends when I graduated, and that was very true. Friends change, people change, and when we find the few that stick with us, we are extremely blessed. This example reminds me of an airport. Airports have an almost constant flow of people coming through, from all over the world. They come, and they go. Sometimes they come again, and sometimes they stay. Airports are busy places, very hustle and bustle and rushing to get people through security.
That's kind of like life... life gets crazy and sometimes turns into hustle and bustle. People walk in and out of our lives, but sometimes they stay. Through it all, through the hurt of people leaving and the joy of them coming, God is still the same. He is still constant in our lives. God is the best friend we can ever have and He will never let us down like the people in our lives inevitably will. My best friend, Julie, has been my best friend for 10 years this year, but even we've had our ups and downs. God is the ultimate friend, He is always available to talk and no matter how mad we get, He listens and loves us anyway.
God is also constant in the other areas of our lives. I think about my friends who attend Glad Tidings Church, in Reading, PA. If you haven't heard about it, their church suffered a horrible tragedy earlier this month. Their senior pastor and his wife were in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver. Pastor Bryan's wife, Lynn, passed away and he is still in the hospital with severe injuries. During this tragic time in the church and for the Koch family, God has been constant and has not left them alone in their grieving. God is still the same and He wraps those so deeply affected by it in His arms of love and comfort.
I think about all of the people affected by the issues of race and police violence in our country. In the places such as Ferguson and Baltimore where riots have broken out and people have been killed, God is still constant in those places and in those situations. He is the same and He is constant. I think of the people so strongly affected by the shooting in Charlestown, SC where a man walked into a church and shot and killed nine people during a prayer meeting. God is constant and He is the same even in that situation. Even in the midst of death and violence and anger and pain, GOD IS STILL THE SAME.
Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Jesus is the one thing that will never change. He is the same God when we are joyous and everything is going well as He is when it feels like everything is falling apart. He is the same God when we feel like we have a ton of friends and people in our lives as He is when we feel alone and abandoned. He is the same God when we are awake and when we are sleeping. He is the same God when we are alive, as He will be when we are gone. He is always the same, He never changes.
I want to encourage you, if you're reading this. You may be going through something that is awful and you may feel so alone. Maybe you've recently had a friend or many friends walk out of your life and you're wondering what you did wrong. Maybe you've recently lost someone you loved. Maybe you've been deeply affected by a tragedy such as the Charlestown shooting. Dear friend, draw near to the ever constant God who loves you more than you could ever comprehend. He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. He will be your constant friend and comforter. He will be EVERYTHING you need Him to be and more.
Lean on Jesus, because He will always be there for you.
He is constant. He is everlasting. He is good. He loves you.
Be blessed, my friends.