Everything Changes, Except God
Change in inevitable in life. Our status changes from single to married; our kids change from babies to toddlers to teens to adults; we change jobs, houses, cars, and pets. Some changes are good and some are not. And different people react differently to changes in their lives. Some people embrace every change, ready for each new day. Others cling to what was with all their strength.
Spencer Johnson wrote a little book about change called “Who Moved My Cheese?” The core of the book is the story of two mice – named Sniff and Scurry – and two little people – named Hem and Haw – who live together in a maze. Each day the four come to a place called Cheese Station C, until one day there is no cheese left. So Sniff and Scurry run off into the maze to another cheese station. They have been noticing for some time that the cheese was diminishing at Cheese Station C and were prepared for change.
Hem and Haw, on the other hand, keep coming back to Cheese Station C for several days, hoping that the cheese will come back. They don’t like the change and so cling to the notion that it has not really happened. Eventually, Haw ventures out and finds more cheese at Cheese Station L. We never learn if Hem leaves Cheese Station C or simply refuses to accept change and stays there. Some of the lessons of this little fable are: Change happens; Anticipate change; Monitor change; Adapt to change quickly; and Learn to enjoy change.
It seems that a lot of things are changing in my life lately. Changes at church have been difficult, but I believe will be a good thing in the long run. Most recently is the time change, which I have to adjust to tomorrow. My reaction to these changes has been much like Sniff and Scurry – I saw them coming and was ready to move on.
Changes at work seen to never end, but there is a big one in the works right now that I didn’t see coming. Part of me wants to be like Hem (or at least Haw) and stick with what we have been doing. But the change is going to happen. Now I need to adapt and convince those around me to do so as well. Perhaps there will be better “cheese” where we are going.
But I am thankful that through it all there is one constant – God. Malachi 3:6a say, “I the LORD do not change.” The author of Hebrews wrote, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8. God “will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5. God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ are unchanging. No one can snatch us from the hand of our savior. John 10:28.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.
Changes in life are inevitable, but we choose our reaction to the changes around us. As things change, we must each decide whether to respond like Sniff, Scurry, Haw, or Hem. We must each decide whether and how we will adapt to the changes that have already taken place and those that are still to come. Spencer Johnson has provided some sound advice in dealing with change. But God has provided the lifeline and constant that will truly see us through.
i like this post. but what about that person who don’t
believe in god?
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The answer to your question is that a person’s lack of belief doesn’t change God at all. He remains faithful and holy, merciful and just. Peace, Linda
Here I am already reading and commenting on another one of your entries. I know this one was the very manna that the Lord was longing to serve up fresh for me today! Thank you, and thank the Lord.
The past couple of months I have been fighting the temptation to behave like Hem and Haw, and have been losing the battle a good deal of the time.
The truth that God is unchanging is also something that I like to emphasize in my entries, and I recently quoted James 1:17. I love to meditate on hymns. Below are some beautiful lyrics that reinforce this truth.
“Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be
Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me”
Thanks! I have been behaving like Hem and Haw just today, and need to move forward. I love the line in this hymn “All I have needed they hand hath provided.” Great reminder that even if God does not provide everything I think I want, He has and will provide ALL that I need.
The inifinte, loving, merciful Saviour. The almighty Lord of Hosts, the everlasting Father. Our time is in His hands. There is none like Him or beside Him. In all of lifes changes may He be glorified, may His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. 🙂
God bless sister. Keep seeking Jesus, keep finding peace. 🙂
The references you made are that God does not change. That is likely true for many with solid faith. However, for those doubting their faith or believe their relationship with God is changing, they may be thinking “Who Moved My God?” Those people may need to find the new location in the maze. Alternatively, they may just be temporarily lost and need to learn that God has not changed (or changed his location), and they just need to get back on the right path.
Ron, I agree that there are those for whom it may seem that God does change or has changed location. But things are not always as they seem, and this is one place where I would argue that is true. I truly believe God does not change, though my understanding of him might (and has over the years). Thanks for this perspective. I will add those people you mention to my prayers.
Amen. God is the original ‘true north.’ If we keep our eyes on Him, we will never be lost.
Good post. Thanks
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