In a fast-paced world, Jesus remains unchanged

Joan Clayton

Our son gave us a DVD player for Christmas. The old model we had has fallen behind the times. Besides that, we couldn’t see the new DVD movie disks he also gave us. Now if I can only learn how to operate it all I’ll be in good shape.
Technology has developed faster than I can learn it. Just when I feel I’ve mastered new concepts, they become obsolete. I had heard the term “DVD” before, but I thought it was some kind of winter underwear.
One thing I have learned is that I have to pick up those little disks a certain way. If I touch them on the shiny side they can be ruined. That tiny little circle thing intimidates me, but I am determined. After all, I’m in charge here — I’m bigger than it is!
The advancement of technology in the last several decades is overwhelming. New devices demand the “know how” to go with it. I find I resist change. I like things the way they are. Changes challenge my comfort zone. Making friends with change is not easy for me. I experienced big time changes when my children left the nest.
One of the hardest changes in this life is the sorrow of losing loved ones. We all have limitations that can be hard to live with. Many have handicaps that have to be endured in this life. We face many changes in this earthly journey. Some face life-threatening situations that require all kinds of changes. In all of this there is hope, hope beyond this life. Those in Christ Jesus will have a new body and a new life. There will be no more sadness, no more sickness, no more tears and no more death.
So I must cling to the “One” who never changes: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). Jesus is my refuge and my fortress. In a changing world, He is my unchanging Lord.
It gives me peace to know Jesus is the stabilizing factor in my life. I love Psalm 46, especially verses 2 and 3: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
This passage encourages me to keep on keeping on. I shall not be moved in spite of trials and obstacles. These three things I know:
Jesus will never leave me. Jesus is in control. Jesus will make good out of what seems to me a hardship.
Knowing the “One who never changes” reminds me that God’s child will be changed for the better: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed… in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will all be changed…” (1 Corinthians 15:51 NIV). Verse 54: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
That, dear friends, is the best technology of all!