These are the first words from my devotional book, in a different form. I have come to know this is more relevant now than ever before. I have just lost two friends (husband and wife) at the same time to Covid, and we all know our idea of reality has changed forever. My hope is that we are forever changed in our understanding of our need for God. I hope we can never return to complacent Christianity. I hope we dive deeper into our relationship with God and never look back. May God be with us all.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
God, I realize you are the one constant in a life of never ending changes. Much of what I know today will not be so tomorrow. If and when I plan for the future, it’s usually different than I can ever predict.
Even the people in my life are fluid. They move away, follow jobs or education, grow up or grow old. Even in a good sense of change, the man I love is not the kid I married. And even I am changing, growing, not the same.
Yet, through it all I have learned a few things. If everything I depend upon – even how I make a make a living- if everyone I love were taken away I would grieve, feel sorrow, cry and mourn. But you, God, would still be there.
And so, even my prayer changes to:
God, whatever changes that come I can learn once again to rejoice in the joy of your salvation. When all the changes are over, and, with your help, I adjust to each one, through all my life there is one constant force, and that, my God, is you.