Facing Transition

 

Nothing really stays the same in this life that we lead.  As has been said, “Nothing is certain, except for change.”  And while this is certainly true, it isn’t entirely true, for we know that God never changes.

He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  And while his loving-kindness is new every morning, His abiding character never changes.  And in a world and a universe that is ever-changing, this is certainly good news to hear.

I say these things at this time because I witness all things around me as if they are in transition.  I say this especially now, as my mother who has lived at the same spot, in the same little town, and in the same house, for fifty-six years, now has finally moved into a care facility.  But she is doing fine at this time.  And yet, we all must grow old, as this tent that we live in, ages even every day.

The same youthful self that I once had, has now grayed, and tiredness, and aching have replaced the muscles and agility that I once had.

We are told these things in Ecclesiastics 12:1-7 to,

“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few; and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

It isn’t all vanity though in this life that we lead; even as the seasons come and go, and as children grow up and leave the nest.  This is the way things are supposed to be, and yet, don’t all of us want to hold on to the time that we have right now?

But life is ever moving forward, and we all are moving forward towards that final day when our time will come to an end.  But even more importantly, we look towards the gates of the New Jerusalem, that city that we are called to finally live in indefinitely.

For even as life is ever-changing, we are being renewed every day.  Even though outwardly, our bodies are aging, on the inside we are being transformed through the renewal of our minds and spirits.  Even as this tent that I am living in is slowly deteriorating, on the inside I am being replenished, and strengthened.

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,   2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Even history shows us that great civilizations don’t last forever, no matter how much grandeur or majesty that they had once had.  Incredible monuments and huge sky scrapers eventually need to be scrapped and new ones are built to replace them.  We still see the pyramids that were built thousands of years ago, but the sands of time, have diminished the beauty that they once had.

Rivers are ever flowing to the sea, but their courses change, as the rocks and sediment around them, caves in and causes them to flow differently.  All of nature is well aware and used to these things, and yet, we as a people, struggle when our lives change.

It’s all a process, this life that we lead, but the real question remains of what will we become?

If we are ever-changing, then let that change be one that brings about the likeness and character of God himself in us.  Then at last when we behold our image in the mirror, we will see that we are like him, and then we will see him face-to-face.

 

Selah,
~ Stephen Hanson


Prophet Stephen HansonStephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since.  In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God.  Will we be prepared and ready?

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