Hands clutching a mug of sweet coffee, I pinch my eyes closed to hear the sound of the ocean in tree leaves. Wind sways them like waves. I open my eyes to return to the reality of neighbours, concrete and hydro lines. Far above it all, wind pushes thick layers of grey cloud toward the single patch of blue sky. I consider how it must look above the clouds – sunny, clear sky, a perfect day. The patch of blue shrinks and is swallowed by a sky of grey. All is cloudy and grey from where I sit, yet I know the sky above has not changed. It is still blue, sunny and clear – just hidden from my view.
I understand Solomon’s rants about how life is, in many ways, useless or unfair or impossible to understand. My feelings, views and beliefs seem real and concrete to me but are, in fact, full of deception. They change based on circumstance or as I gain new understanding. How, then, can I maintain any opinion, belief or feeling when it may not be real or true? What can I rely on?
The only constant is our unchanging God. “He is the same yesterday, today and forever”. What I feel, believe or understand won’t ever change who he is or his plans for me. As I know God more and more, I become more confident of who I am, my purpose, and I am assured that he is the one right thing. He is true. He is good. He is alive and real. Sometimes I can’t see him beyond my grey clouds of misunderstanding, but he’s still there and still the same. Of all the things I’ll never know or understand that is one thing I can know for sure. God is real and good and unchanging.
Some Helpful Verses:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?”
“…The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20
Thank you Lord, that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. My sight is clouded by the worries of this life and sin,– misunderstanding, guilt, lies, selfishness, pride. Please forgive me for believing these lies instead of your truth. Lord thank you for opening my eyes more and more as you reveal yourself to me. Please don’t ever stop, even when it’s painful. I love you and want to know you more. Lord, help me to see past the clouds of this world, and into the blue sky of your truth and eternity. Thank you Jesus. Amen.