I never thought this week would come. Some things have just been a part of my life for longer than I can remember. Those things are often the same things that I take for granted. Even if something has a monstrous impact on my life, that doesn’t make it impenetrable. Even good things… even great things… come to an end.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of Our God remains forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Not just the mundane grass withers. The radiant orchids also fade. The beautiful lilies will droop and fall. Even the most precious and beautiful parts of life are only ordained for a time or a season, not to last forever. And that doesn’t mean they were bad. God made them beautiful for the time and season that He ordained for them. And the new flowers? They will bloom to be just as beautiful in their time, even if we may not think so at first. Don’t harden your hearts against the beautiful new works God wants to bring about in your life.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
There is only one thing that we can cling to and trust to be steadfast, unchanging, even when life spins out of control. We must run to the feet of Jesus, cling to our Savior who is the same yesterday, today, forever (Hebrews 13:8). His Word is unfailing, His promise is unshaken, and no other powers in earth or in Heaven are ever going to change that. And the same power which raised Christ Jesus from the dead is the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Almost nothing lasts forever, y’all, so don’t expect it to. Love every second of it while you have it, but trust our loving Father to know the perfect timing for everything. And trust that no matter what comes or goes, He’s never for a moment letting us go.