Steady Steady

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” “You remain. You are the same, and your years will have no end.” “Grace to you from him who was, and is, and is to come.” Hebrews 13:8; 1:11-12; Revelation 1:4

There is a lovely and fascinating plant called a ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’  (brunfelsia) because its flowers start out purple, gradually fade to lavender, and then to white. The shrub has delightfully fragrant flowers of all three colors throughout its blooming season. What a lovely picture of our Lord Jesus, always the same, yet manifesting Himself in different ways, unique aspects of His character standing out at different moments and seasons of our lives.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow plant

A young friend told me his mother influenced his life by her steadiness through his ups and downs. “She never changed, always loved me, never wavered.”

My team made history this past spring twice in 2 weeks. As league champions with the most wins ever for a season and ranked #1 in the nation, they lost to the #16 seed in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The coach, owning strong faith, in the stunned disappointment, was unflappable. What stood out in all his interviews was that he remained steady. He was grounded, God had not changed. His God was still good–indeed, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

May we not be swayed by emotion, the times, the news, the silences in life. Circumstances might change our ‘expression,’ the facets of character that stand out in different situations, but they need not shake us. O God, may I remain steady in Spirit, in my love for others and my keeping on as You lead, no matter the weather or what is necessitated by my daily assignment.

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