Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Time changes people. Suffering changes people. Prosperity changes people. Power and influence alter people. Bitterness transforms people.
You may think you know someone but let ten years go by and you might comment, “I saw her recently and I hardly knew her.” You knew something had happened that changed her dramatically. Her countenance, posture, energy . . . perhaps all of these were unlike how you experienced her last. Then she opened her mouth. Everything she said and how she said it pointed to a person with whom you weren’t familiar.
It can go the other way too. Someone may surprise us. “I’ve always known her as withdrawn, even a bit sour. Something has happened. She was so radiant and engaging!”
The point is ~ people change. Some for the good but just as many deteriorate into a bad version of themselves. Add the dynamics of a relationship and it’s hard to settle into a rhythm you can count on. One of the greatest compliments you can receive is for someone to say, “You haven’t changed despite all that has happened to you.”
Perhaps that’s because you’ve walked closely with the God who never changes. The fruit of the Spirit exhibited in someone’s teens is still the same fruit of the Spirit when they’re in their fifties. The face may change, so does the aging body, but someone’s inside world continues to beat with the heart of Jesus. Time does prove the quality of our faith.
If you are grieving the loss of a relationship that changed over time, know that your tears are tempered by the assurance that God will never change on you. Who He was to Sarah, to Hannah, to Lydia, to Haggar and Mary Magdalene, He is to you. Centuries have not changed His face. Man’s sin has not embittered Him. The reigning hallmarks of God’s character were written in stone for all time. A love declared is a love that endures.
Thank you, God, that I can rest safely with You. No fear of how the future might look. Amen