THINGS CHANGE, BUT GOD REMAINS THE SAME

Last week I sat in a brand new car. No, it wasn’t mine. The new car smell was intoxicating. The gadgets were amazing. The navigation system was mind boggling.

As I sat behind the wheel, the new owner explained all the new and latest gadgets to me. I was in awe. It had safety features I had never heard of, and get this, would you believe it had 8, yes 8, airbags?

A story I read recently about how things change in your lifetime, along with the fancy seat belt and airbags got me to thinking about how things have changed in my life. I’ve lived on this earth for only 41 years, and I’ve already seen so much change. For example: when I was a child, there were no such term as “seat belt.” We didn’t need seat belts. My mother was the safety device in our car. If I wanted to stand in the front seat, lay in the back window or stick my head out the window like a dog – no problem. In the event of an accident, my mom would save me with her arm.

Whenever she’d hit the brake, her arm would simultaneously arc towards me like a powerful steal beam: Whap! Talk about tough love. “Why’d you do that?” I’d snort through my bleeding nose.

“I kept you from going through the windshield,” she’d reply with a look of heroic satisfaction.

“Can I go through the windshield next time please?” I’d say, thinking it would probably hurt less than the long-arm-of-mom.

Now riding with grandma was a whole different ballgame. She had that fleshy “hanging down thing” under her arm. So when she’d hit the brakes and out popped her arm, instead of the bleeding nose, I’d be smothered by gelatinous flesh. Everything would go black, and air would temporarily be cut off. But at least it didn’t hurt. Oh, I’d smell like Ben-gay for the next few days, but I could live with that.

My point of all of this is to say nothing stays the same; everything changes. Cars change, seat belts change, car seats change and life goes on. Change is everywhere. Children who were starting kindergarten yesterday are graduating from high school in two weeks. Kids going off to college yesterday are now settling into the routine of a family. And those we love are slowly passing on to another world through death. You can’t count on anything to stay the same anymore. The only thing that doesn’t change is God. His love and mercy remain the same. It’s only an unchanging God that remains. He will never fail.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning…” Lamentations 3:22
What are some of the changes you’ve seen in your life?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I am too young to have noticed many changes.

    The idea that kids would be getting into trouble for text messaging instead of passing a paper note.

    The idea that I am more afraid of strangers now than when I was a kid.

    The idea that if I don’t use Clairol every six weeks, that I will have break throughs and I don’t mean mental ones. Also the thought that I might just have to chose to be a platinum blond at the age of 40.

    Kathy

  2. lisa leichner says:

    Kathy, I’m too young too. (o;

    Dan brings home notes he found in class sometimes — they crack us up. I guess since he has threatened to take away cell phones if he finds them, the kids stick to the paper notes. Man, he’s tough.

    Trey, You are sooo funny! Your arm-safety-belt stories made me laugh so hard! I didn’t know you had that in you.

    Other changes:

    Daily, I talk with people in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, California, and from other places around the world that I’ve never been to.

    My kids’ clothes are trendier than I ever had.

    You don’t have to live on a farm to own a “tractor.”

    Our schools close down once a week because of a bomb threat.

    Classes offered in state colleges: on atheism, Harry Potter, Buddhism, etc., etc. (I’m not knocking HP, as you know I’m a fan, just sayin’ — a college level course???)

    Wow, in the time it took me to compose this comment, you put three on my site! I’m so slow!

  3. brian says:

    your granny’s flabby arms were apparently the prototype for airbags, cool!

    I rememember pre-remote control, pre-button phones, only having 3-4 channels,

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    I remember hand-me-down clothes.

    Begging to get to go outside to play.

    Rising EARLY on Saturday morning, because that only when cartoons came one.

    I remember trying to sneek-a-peek at Hee Haw and American Bandstand, because we weren’t allowed to watch that.

    Brian, I worried about adding that part about the arms. But my 17 year-old son said it was the best part of the post to him. Hopefully a lot of 17 year olds will drop by today.

  5. Chris says:

    Well, I can remember when the hot new, gotta have because of the intense graphics, video game was pong. I used to sit for days playing that game, thinking life was great.

    I can remember when the bowls in the kitchen were used for more than eating out of, like for being a guide when getting my hair cut.

    I can recall when there were enough switches left in the woods for children to go outside and retrieve.

    I can recall being the oldest kid in our family and wondering why I still had to wear hand-me-downs.

    And, Trey, I can remember my brother rolling out of the car when the door opened while going around a corner and my grandmother being totally oblivious to it happening.

    Thanks for the laugh and the reminder. BTW, I turn 42 in October, please tell me you are older!!!!

  6. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Lisa, I knew he had it in him but I was afraid to tell him how funny it was in fear that it might encourage him more then his young beautiful sister would be after both of us. Now it is you that is going to get it! And what, you couldn’t even type OK?

    prototype for airbags – ha! ha!

    Chris – James is 42 if that makes you feel better. She lost one did she? Sorry about your brother, did grandmother go back?

    Great post Trey, I enjoyed the laughs. Did you intend on it being serious or funny?
    tGigler

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Kathy … as for serious or funny? A little of both.

    Chris … 41 bro. Ha. Gotcha beat.

    I not only got hand-me-downs but I also got “irregulars.” Clothes that had one arm sleeve longer than the other. When I was 10 I got my first “real” shirt that had correct sleeve length’s. I thought God had done a miracle on my arms and healed me. They were both the same length.

  8. Chris says:

    Yes, she went back to pick him up and found him laying in the ditch still sucking on his bottle!

  9. Monalea says:

    Trey, I read your post aloud to Amber and Angel, we were laughing so loudly we were almost crying. Amber was laughing and grapping her stomach at the same time in pain. Thanks for the chance to laugh.

  10. DJG says:

    Just today I added some memory to my computer (too bad I can’t add it to my brain) I put in a card with 1GB of memory…..when I took high school math I don’t think Gig-a-bytes even existed….let alone a megahertz or to my knowledge the World Wide Web….I would have never known people I would never meet unless I had a pen pal….that is a “cool change”.

  11. Baptist Man says:

    HILARIOUS POST!!!! That kind of humor is right up my alley! That “hanging down thing” on grandma’s arm never changes either!

    Anyway, I’m only 27, so I don’t have all the stories like you old people do :) I think the biggest change I have seen is the advent of mobile technology. It’s getting Star Trekkish.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You crack me up! It made me think of laying in the back window all the way to St.Louis or sitting on that little armrest between my grandparent. (Of course that was 30+ years ago.) Now I don’t leave the drive way unless all my kids are safely buckled.

    Fortunately for us we worship the same God as those did before us. We follow the same Word as those before us. And our salvation is no more or less than those before us.
    Spritual things never change and aren’t those the only things that truly matter anyway? :)

    Paula

  13. Di says:

    I think I have you all beat on age – since we seem to be competing. Just remember wisdom comes with it! :-)

    I remember black and white t.v. and getting 2 channels and when we got a fancy antenna that rotated and picked up more channels. Cable? Gosh. I think I was in college?

    I remember all the women wearing hats to church.

    I remember my first pair of hose. You either wore a girdle or some kind of belt to keep them up.

    And kotex required a belt too.

    I remember those bulky humpy big cars that were aqua in color and so big my grandmother had to sit on a pillow to reach the pedals and see over the steering wheel.

    I checked for hangy down things under my arms and so far I am ok – there.

    I remember when people got showers in their houses. We still had a tub on legs.

    I remember when we got our first clothes dryer. My grandmother hung hers on the line for years afterwards because she believed the dryer yellowed the clothes.

    I remember dad getting our first calculator. It was big. Anyone that had a lot of math to do used an adding machine before then.

    In school we used the chart in the back of the book to look up logarithms – whatever they were used for.

    We knew our multiplication tables because we didn’t have calculators!

    I remember when Alan Shepherd took the first American space flight. I was in the second grade and we watched it on one of those black and white t.v.’s. And then later in the year or the next we watched John Glenn take off.

    I remember learning to type on old black manual typewriters and having to save space at the bottom of the page for footnotes and if you made a mistake you typed the whole page over instead of hitting backspace like I just did.

    I remember taking drives out to the country with the windows down to just cool off in August.

    I remember when we got our first air conditioning unit – window unit. I frequently thank God that I was not born long before then.

    I remember our first trip on the interstate. It was to Jacksonville Beach Florida and my dad seeing all the recap tires on the side of the road and swearing he wouldn’t have the things when suddenly: flop flop flop was heard and he found out we did have them.

    I remember when Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza were the hottest shows on TV.

    I remember when the ice cream man pedaled his half bike, half freezer around the neighborhood with bells ringing and a banana popsicle was the best thing in the whole world.

    I remember when the scariest thing on TV was the Wizard of OZ. Funny but I still can’t watch parts of it.

    I rmember when the Beatles previewed on the Ed Sullivan show. It was a Sunday night at my grandmothers. The old aunts were saying how horrible those long haired disrespectful guys were.

    I remember starting to drink water out of a fountain in a store downtown only to have my mom stop me because it was for the colored people.

    I remember desegregation and how scary it was.

    I remember when my church posted deacons at the doors so no colored people could come in.

    I also remember telling people that was stupid. Did that mean our janitor Frazier coudn’t come in to church with us!

    I remember when credit cards were hard to get. We couldn’t get one when we got married even though my husband had owned a house!

    Now – top that you young’uns.

  14. Neva says:

    Trey,
    I remember when “irregular” meant something else.

    :)

    n

  15. Anonymous says:

    Trey – tell your 17 year old it’s not flesy “hanging down thing” under the arm..it’s called “bye-bye flab”!!

    One of the main change that I have seen is women wearing pants to church. And I have been one of them. My mother has been dead 19 years and she would have given me a “don’t do that again” look if she would have ever seen me do that! (but it was cold and there was ice on the ground and it was still snowing!)

    AND-TREY-I DO KNOW HOW TO DRIVE!! I saved that car from rolling! Remember, it was the ref’s that made that guy pull out in front of me! But I do remember you and Teresa finding me when the ER had “missplaced” me!

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    Di – I AM impressed. I am not worthy :)

    Neva – you made me smile.

    Sandi – Hey girl. I love it when you drop by to talk. I too remember when I saw my first lady in pants at church. I was amazed. You should write a about “My life in ER’s” … it’s be a “hit.” ha

  17. Gallagher says:

    Trey,

    In my 32 short years I have seen a couple changes:

    (1) I have seen a scrawny, hyperactive boy wanting to become wealthy and successful by the world’s standards, give that life up to become a preacher like Christ.

    (2) I have seen a dear family member leave the family and leave the church in the process. Our prayers are for this member to return.

    (3) I have seen the joy of lowering a sinner into cold water to bring them up smiling and shouting for glory as they came into a new life.

    (4) I have seen changes in the kids who travelled to FHu to learn to preach. Man’s books will not teach you to preach, but Jesus will.

    (5) I have seen the beliefs of that young preacher change for the better and the better in compassion.

    (6) Through reading the scriptures, I see the end….and it looks awesome!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I also remember taking my kids out of church, restaurant’s and other public places, to “spank” them for doing something I asked them not to do. One warning is all they got. A friend of ours did this a few month’s ago and got chewed out by an elderly lady, oudside and inside the restuarant.
    My kids were not hurt from getting spankings..one is now an RN and the other just made the Presidents List AGAIN at TTU! They are AWESOME!!

    ER Stories: Trey, I remember you jumping off of that ambulance in Plainview and saying, “He’s okay, Sandi!”

  19. David says:

    How about the things that have not and never will change (from my childhood too).

    It will always be cool to get an ice cream or a popsickle and ride in the back of the truck (be it a ’60 Chevy or an ’08 Titan) and let it run down your arms when your 7 years old.

    Watermelon seeds will never grow into watermelons in your stomach if you happen to eat one.

    It will always help to catch fish if you spit on your worm or cricket before putting the hook in the water.

    A fish fry always tastes better when you eat outside and it doesn’t matter how many people come…….. there’s always enough food.

    The fish always seem to be biting or the deer moving if the cattle are up grazing.

    God made a beautiful world, didn’t he?

  20. Di says:

    Trey, yesterday was the last day of school here. I teach 7th grade science and you have to entertain them somehow. I decided to pull out Finding Nemo but the kid who brought his DVD player didn’t bring the right cord – so I had to pull something out of my hat and fast.

    “I read this blog yesterday on how life has changed. Let’s talk about it a little…..” and I shared as much as I could remember off your blog. The kids were mesmerized and we ended up having a fantastic hour long discussion in both of the classes that weren’t testing for the day.

    It was the best last day of school I have ever had!

    Thanks, brother!

    Di

  21. TREY MORGAN says:

    David … good thoughts.

    Di… I can’t imagine a bunch of 7th graders finding that interesting. But I think it’s cool that they did.

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