Our puppy, Waylon, was born about four months ago. When we brought him home, he was just shy of 3 pounds. We could easily scoop him up with one hand. Now he is close to 25 pounds and still growing. Like an infant, he’s changed a lot in these past few weeks.
Puppies aren’t the only things that change or grow quickly. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. Some bamboo species can grow as much as 35 inches in one day. Then there are the slow growers, like the tiny white cedar tree, which takes 150 years to grow 4 inches.
Life is always changing. Sometimes it’s slow. Sometimes it’s welcome. And other times we can’t get through a difficult season fast enough.
The coronavirus pandemic alone has brought so many changes to everyday life.
This time last year, my family was looking forward to going to the Kentucky State Fair. It’s a big tradition for us to enter contests, from culinary to crafts. (I’m still working on my blue ribbon.) It’s a lot of fun, and we usually attend the fair several days.
This year, we don’t have plans to attend.
From taking my son’s temperature before baseball practice to remembering a mask when I go out, life has changed a lot.
While we’ve experienced rapid changes this year, the truth is, life is always changing. With so much unwanted change, so quickly, I’ve had to remind myself often of the One who doesn’t change.
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
It doesn’t take much to look around and see how quickly the world changes. What is sought after one day, is worthless the next. The world seems to be a beach of shifting sand.
There have been times when I’ve enjoyed the changes in my life, wanted them and even worked to have them. And of course, there are times change has been unwelcomed and I’ve just had to deal with it.
God is teaching me a lot about Himself through the uncertainties of this world. No matter what happens, He is the only thing that doesn’t change.
Malachi 3:6 says, “‘I the Lord do not change. So you, descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.’”
We do not have to be destroyed, swayed or knocked over by the changes of this world. They aren’t going away. This is a hostile world. But God Almighty is in control, and He is like a mighty rock that cannot be moved.
Inky Johnson planned to play football in the NFL, but a routine tackle in a college football game left his right arm paralyzed.
Growing up in poverty, his dream was to change the trajectory of his and his family’s life. That one game changed everything for him. But you won’t hear him asking, “Why?” or, “What if?”
Now a motivational speaker, Johnson asks, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing? Play the hand you’re dealt like it’s the one you’ve always wanted.”
Now, that takes some perspective and faith!
Nothing stays the same forever—only God. We can trust Him in the changes of life. Some we’ll cling to and others we may even fight, but changes will continue to come and go.
What matters is how we deal with change.
“It’s not where you’re trying to go in life that is the problem. It’s what are you willing to leave behind in order to get there,” Johnson says.
Sometimes the little things in life can make a big difference.
When it comes to puppy training, thank goodness puppies change quickly. According to the American Kennel Club, most puppies lose all their puppy teeth by six months, then the teething starts to end, too.
At my house, we’re really looking forward to that change for Waylon. In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes fixed on the One who stays the same.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2).
Amy Potter, a member of Southeast Christian Church, is a prayer warrior, wife, mother, teacher, worker, writer, and a few other things–a supermom.