Sometimes Change is Good

Change. Not the kind that jingles in your pocket, the kind that takes familiar away. Many of us fight it. It’s really hard to get used to new settings and new ways when we have worked for years to make the old fit like a good pair of jeans.

This morning when I signed into my blog to write this post I was met by a brand spankin’ new format on blogger. It is cooler. Cleaner. But a shock to my brain and senses. Google has done the same thing with g-mail. You can get a new look there too. I tried it, but it’s taken me a week for my eyes to adjust to the new screen and not freak out when I open my mail.

Everything is becoming cleaner, smarter, easier? Maybe.

Sometimes I just miss the old days when I was eight, and there were only three channels on our t.v. The only phone was the one attached to the wall in our home, and we had to drive 45 minutes to go to the movies or shopping in our one car. Those were simple days.

But I also understand that change is necessary. Somebody actually got paid to improve the look of blogger and g-mail. To stay static in this culture and economy is certain death. And I’m usually accustomed to the changed element in a week or two anyway. I will probably even appreciate it after the shock goes away.

Yet in the midst of this changing world, there is One who never changes. One whom we can take great comfort in holding onto even when everything around us is falling apart.

I am fully aware that at any given moment my life can change. It can change in a split second by a doctor’s diagnosis, a car accident, a phone call. It could also change with good news like a publishing contract and five speaking engagements and book signings!

Life changes. But God’s love is constant.

His love incarnate as a baby born in a manger proves His consistency. A baby who would bring change to a religious society. A baby who would tell us only one thing is needed. Love.

Sometimes change is good.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel– which means, “God with us” (Matthew 1:22-23).

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