I didn’t get any submissions for the Carnival this week, so I decided to just put my post below. Next week’s topic is “The Beauty of Learning”, and hosted by Bethany at A Picturesque Life. Thanks for reading!
This week I heard some sad news. The Wycliffe office here in Atlanta, where I lived for a year when I was a child, is closing. A piece of my heritage, lost. That made me sad.
My mom also told me how the Wycliffe office in Peru has moved to a new location. Wycliffe has been in Peru for over 60 years, and they are nearing the end of their work in Bible translation there! They are wrapping up and plan to leave Peru by 2010. This is exciting, but it’s also sad for me. I lived there for 9 years – the “constants” are no longer there. The office where my dad worked, the guest house where we lived on several occasions, the center in the jungle – all have been sold or turned over the government. The end of an era.
I know it’s silly to get attached to these types of things, but I do. I appreciate the constants that I had in my growing up years. Everything changed so often. In the States, we always came back to my grandparents’ house here in Atlanta. That was my “home” and it’s no longer owned by my grandparents. In Peru, my dad’s office was the constant, and that is now gone. Doesn’t anything stay the same these days?
There’s one line in the Casting Crowns song, “Praise You In The Storm” that really speaks to my heart:
“(Chorus) Iâ€™ll praise You in this storm
And I will life my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear Iâ€™ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm”
I remind myself that we serve an amazing God, a God who is here no matter what. A God who is unchanging when everything else in our life is in chaos. This earth and these material possessions are just temporary – we can rely on our God who is the one constant in our entire existance.
And for proof of this, just read the Bible. God remains the same from the beginning to the end, from the alpha to the omega.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in themâ€”the LORD, who remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:5-6 (Psalm 146 is an amazing passage. Read the whole thing if you get the chance!)
My husband laughs at me because I am writing on the topic “The Beauty of Change” without actually presenting change in a positive light. Oh I could rattle off a list, exposure to other cultures, great experiences, yadda yadda. But in reality, my HEART is crying out for some stability, and my GOD is answering with His promises. To me, that is the beauty of change – that He doesn’t change! I hope that ministers to your hearts too.