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.