Yesterday, today, and forever.

I woke up this morning to the news of our exiting the EU. I had such a feeling of sadness and then a fear of the unknown. I watched friends throw insults at each other through social media and hurtful racist discourse linger around like an oil slick on a clear sea. But where was God in all of this? In all this change and uncertainty the answer came to me clearly.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

He is constant, our saviour who never changes, who doesn’t vote to leave us or step down when we make mistakes. He is there guiding us, carrying our burdens, and nourishing us when the journey ahead is long and complicated.

I walked passed a patch of long grass on the way back from another failed job interview and in this wild rubbley mound was a patch of wild poppies. They seemed to have sprouted up and found a way to grow even in this seemly barren and not very favourable environment. I thought about the poppies as their pretty petals flopped in the breeze, they were such a beautiful sea of red. These poppies had grown because they had something that was in constant supply. And like the poppies, I believe that Jesus Christ being our constant supply of hope, of love, and of joy enables us to grow and bloom even when our environment isn’t in the best shape. His ever faithful presence in our lives renews our strength and our faith and hope in times of crisis and the unknown future ahead.

Jesus walks with us in these times of confusion and uncertainty, he is in the stillness beckoning us to keep moving, he is in the storm silencing the waves when we are overwhelmed, he is a lighthouse when we are covered in mist and cannot see in front of us. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And he’s telling us not to be afraid because he is right here with us all.

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