New shoes (15-09-20)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)
Last week my husband and I enjoyed a lovely walk around part of Pitsford Reservoir. As we were walking some distance I was wearing a very comfortable pair of trainers. Do you have a really comfy pair of shoes? The kind of shoes that fit your feet perfectly. Often these are an old pair of shoes that have been worn in over several years. The shoes have become moulded to the shape of your feet and you can walk about in them all day without the fear of your feet hurting or a blister appearing. The problem with shoes is that they eventually wear out and those really comfy shoes need replacing with new shoes. New shoes are rarely as comfortable as the old ones they are replacing, they often need breaking in. The Queen has someone to wear her new shoes for her so that when she wears them they are comfortable, the rest of us do not have the same luxury.
Living with this virus has been a bit like wearing new shoes all the time. Tasks that were comfortable have become strange and unfamiliar. Take shopping for instance, something that for most of us was a very comfortable activity, now we have to remember to wear a face covering and while we are going around the shop we need to keep checking that we keep a safe distance away from anyone else that is there. We talk to the sales assistant through a sheet of plastic and we can no longer smile at other people as we peruse the aisles as they cannot see our mouths. It all feels very odd.
We do eventually get used to our new shoes and after a period of time they become comfortable. Each time we go shopping it feels a little less odd.
In a world that seems ever changing and ever unfamiliar we need to hold on to the things that never change. God never changes, he is the same today as he was yesterday and he will be the same forever. We never need to worry that he won’t be there for us or that his love for us will cease. Our faith in God gives us certainty which will get us through whatever comes our way.
Father God, we thank you for being unchanging in a world that seems so full of change. You are our rock, our shelter and our strength.
Song: Faithful one