Not A Quick Change Artist
By: Kristen L. McNulty
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One Sunday I entered the church and made my way upstairs to the sanctuary. When I reached the platform before the sanctuary doors, someone started to talk to me and I started to get nervous. The person knew everything about me, but for the life of me I could not place who they were. I raced through the possibilities: friend? No. Former classmate? No. Someone I met through work? No.
While smiling and nodding I started to panic. Soon I would be expected to ask an intelligent question about this persons life but I had nothing. I still had no clue who they were.
Fortunately before I had the chance to make a complete fool of myself, someone else came over and said her name. Instantly I made the connection. It was someone one of my siblings had worked with a few years ago. But upon discovering her identity I didn't feel so bad for not recognizing her. Why? Because this person is what I like to call a quick change artist.
Every few months this woman literally changes identities. She gets a new job. New car. New apartment. New style and color of hair. New colored contacts. Everything about her literally changes to the point where there is nothing about her life that is true today that will still be true even a year from now.
So just when you think you're getting to know about her and her life, it changes, making it impossible for you to keep up. Whenever I talk to her, I always feel like I'm a step behind. Instead of discovering something new to add to the things I know, the book is re-written time and time again.
Am I ever grateful that God doesn't operate this way.
Malachi 3:6 records Him as saying: "I am the Lord, and I do not change."
The people in our lives may change. The type of job we have might look different. But God remains the same. He's not a quick change artist and with Him, it's never a struggle to keep up. What we know about God from yesterday will be the same today and the same tomorrow. He doesn't change identities. He doesn't leave us guessing. Instead He invites us to get to know who He is and every day is an opportunity to learn more and understand more about where He comes from and what He expects of us.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. For a world that's constantly changing, isn't it reliving to know we have one thing that will always remain the same?
This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.