The following article was published in “First Things” for First Presbyterian Church.
It is that time of year. All of the indicators that summer is ending and that fall is quickly approaching are upon us. School is beginning, football is here, the church’s fall activities are getting ready to start, and we even see some slight weather changes on the horizon. The changing seasons of the year are part of life. It has been said that life as a whole consists of numerous seasons. I personally am in one of those changing seasons. The kids have been launched, an empty nest, and downsizing of the large family home.
All change has a certain amount of stress associated with it. Sending the kids back to school is stressful. Adjusting to an empty nest and parenting adult children is stressful. This human life is always changing. Adjusting to those changes requires navigating and managing the stress well. One common reason that people seek help at the counseling center is because they are having trouble with the stress of change.
I was recently thinking about God and change. The bible tells us two things about God and change. First of all, God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). At the same time, God is doing new things in me, you, and all of his creation (Isaiah 43:19, 2 Corinthians 5:17). It occurred to me that in all of the changes in my life (some natural and some supernatural) that God is the same. He is always for me, He always loves me, He always seek relationship with me, He always is sovereign over my life, and He is always there. It is these truths about God not changing that can help me navigate the changes in life.
In the work we do at The Christian Counseling Center, we help people to apply these biblical truths as they navigate the changes in their lives. The work of the Christian Counseling Center is always available to you and also exists as an outreach to the city. Check out our website, www.christiancounseling.ws, for more information.
Tom Barbian, Ph.D.