I’m not great with change. It’s such a difficult thing. Even with positive change, there’s an element of letting go of the old to bring in the new. Had I got the job I applied for recently, for instance, I would have had to leave my close friends and parents behind in my hometown.

Maybe change is happening now in your life. A first baby might mean saying goodbye to the freedom you used to have. In a marriage, you’ll need to get used to making decisions with someone who sometimes thinks differently to the way you do. If your last child’s just started school, you’ll have to adjust to the quiet during the day.

One redeeming feature of change is that there’s always a constant – God’s presence in it. He promises not to leave nor forsake us, and another, less familiar assurance: “I am the LORD, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). Jennifer Rothschild gives a good explanation as to why the perfect God doesn’t change. If perfect changes, it has to become imperfect.

Can you thank God for being there throughout your life? Listen to these lovely words from Isaiah. “He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11). That’s who God wants to be to you – the God who satisfies your needs, whatever it is you’re going through.

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