“Should we do it?” Anna asked me. “Should we skip putting up the Thanksgiving decorations and dive right into Christmas?” I was wrestling with a 4-foot inflatable pumpkin when she asked, so it took me a moment to weigh the pros and cons of this monumental decision. Before I waded into the profound long-term consequences of my actions, I thought, are we really moving at such a rapid pace that we need to start cutting things like whole holidays out of our conversation?
Call me a Grinch, but maybe the already partially empty grocery store shelves, hefty gas price hikes, and Target playing Christmas music before I’ve finished my Halloween candy have increased the pace of my hustle. Everything seems to have quickened its step, and just like the new fancy grocery store in my neighborhood, everything is all shuffled around from what I knew, and now I have to get used to something different.
As I was attempting to take my frazzled thoughts about dragging the Christmas tree down from the attic captive and making them obedient to Christ, I remembered something my friend Joye said to me just this week “Our God never moves. He is steadfast and unmovable.”
I knew at that moment that God was speaking to me.
Joye is one of those people that you know God must love best. If the Beatitudes wore a tee-shirt, it would have Joye’s face on it. She’s kind, humble, sweet, patient, and she loves and serves the Lord like no one I have ever seen. So, when Joye told me about a time when she was distant from God in her early 20s, I listened. The simple truth to her story was that if you feel distant from God, it’s because you moved.
“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6
Our God never changes and is always steadfast. In fact, His steadfastness is such a strong quality that the Bible mentions it 132 times!
‘Steadfast’ in Hebrew means: aman – To be firm, faithful, true, to trust; have belief; to believe. This word indicates that a subject is lasting or enduring. Also, it signifies being firm or trustworthy.
‘Steadfast’ in Greek means: bebaios – Immovable. Constant, stable, fixed, steady, firm.
Did the guys who wrote the Bible in Greek and Hebrew know something different than we do? Or were they just as much of a hot mess as us at times and needed that reminder too?
So how do we get so distant so fast?
Why do we rush around this time of year buying this, doing that, going here and there as if we do not have a faithful, certain, immovable Father giving us wisdom, joy, and true peace? The world has gotten pretty savvy, convincing us through 6″ rectangular screens that selfish is better than selfless, control is better than submission, and our plan is better than His plan.
But the veil has been lifted! We know the truth. We serve a God who does not change, and even when I feel like I’m trying to nail jello to a tree most of my days, He is still the Tree.
Now we know! We got it! Until we forget it again and start grappling with inflatable pumpkins, hauling down Christmas trees, and grumbling at the price of such and such. I’m glad we get to do this together. I’ll keep reminding you of God’s steadfastness. Will you help me remember too?
If this resonates with you, please share how in the comments. We are all in this together!
In His service and at yours!