Change is not essentially “good” or “bad”. It can be both good and bad or neither. But, I think we can agree that change at times causes stress.
Alvin Toffler said, “Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.”
The question is how do we live as people in a world of so much change. I believe we need to have some constants.
Over the last 4 years I personally have experienced a lot of change. I got married, moved to a new state, started a new job, made new friends, bought a house, a car, and started a family. In the midst of the change it has been a comfort and a stabilizing force in my life to know that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) His love for us never changes. His abilities and attributes never change. No matter what challenges we face, Jesus is with us and able to do what we ask of him.
The question is how to we experience or appropriate the truth that Jesus never changes in the midst of a changing world? Author Henri Nouwen says, “Contemplative prayer keeps us home, rooted, and safe, even when we are on the road, moving from place to place, and often surrounded by sounds of violence and war.” I believe him and have experienced prayer that keeps my heart connected to the truth that Jesus never changes, and is with us. I can tend to forget or get caught up in all the change, and responding to it. But prayer brings me back to the truth, back to Jesus, who never changes. Always available and always able.