By: Dennis Bates
Let me say at the outset that I have never liked change. Once I get things the way I like them, I want them to stay that way. Even when they aren’t exactly the way I want them to be, if they stay that way more than a week or two, I leave them that way because I am used to them, even if it’s not the way I would have done it.
I can eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. It doesn’t bother me. In fact, when I have something different than Cheerios, dry toast and orange juice for breakfast, I usually get a craving for those toasty little O’s before the end of the day. I will confess that sometimes I do put peanut butter on the toast, but I consider peanut butter to be God’s perfect food, and to me, it goes on anything, anytime. Try it on a good steak. It’s great.
Disliking change gets worse as you get older, or better, depending upon your view of things. If change is bad to you, you hate it even more as you get older and that makes not changing things even better. I have to admit that might be a strange way to look at things, but I’m comfortable with it, so I’m not going to change it at this point.
When the self proclaimed free thinkers in modern society say change is inevitable, I say maybe. When they say I have to get use to change, I ask why? When I’m told that I should welcome and embrace change, I draw the line, and simply respond by saying, “No I don’t, and that’s my final answer.” I’ve never been good at accepting things I don’t like even if they are inevitable.
One of my favorite cartoons pictures a mouse standing helplessly in a corner giving a certain obscene gesture to an enormous fierce looking eagle which is only seconds away from having lunch with the mouse, and the mouse doesn’t get to order. The caption is “The Last Great Act of Defiance.” I love that mouse and have always identified with it. The ultimate change is coming for that mouse, but he still won’t accept it.
It’s no wonder then that one of my favorite passages in the Bible is Hebrews 13:8 which promises that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” There is a real comfort in knowing that what matters most does not change and never will. I can count on it and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day never getting tired of it.
Most of all, when the world seems to be spinning out of control, and you go to your favorite store only to find that the cereal is no longer in aisle one, but now in aisle 12, next to the sweet dill pickles, you can stop and breathe. It doesn’t really matter, although it may bug you to no end since cereal has always been in aisle one. Jesus is still in the same aisle he always was, and he will never move from there.
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