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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Unchanging

By Scott Harrup
Nov. 23, 2014

It was such a small thing to cause such unexplained angst. This many years later, I smile at the memory, almost embarrassed by it.

Dad had rearranged the furniture.

When you’re a kid, a year or two can feel like “time immemorial.” Since “time immemorial” the couch had been along the wall to the left of our stone fireplace. The recliner sat to the right.

Now they had been reversed.

There was a simple and rational reason for my apparently irrational response. Our family lived in Kenya while Dad and Mom ministered as missionaries. Some 8,000 miles from home, I looked for predictable patterns in life to anchor myself.

Dad had unintentionally shifted one of those patterns.

What changes do you face today? Perhaps you can smile at some of them. Very likely, other changes are causing you a degree of concern, or even pain.

What can you do?

Our natural reaction to unwanted change is to do whatever we can to reverse it. To turn the clock back and somehow recreate conditions we once enjoyed. That is almost always impossible. We may try anyway, and in the process create scars rather than the inner healing we seek. The emotional equivalent of the celebrity who has one face-lift too many.

Real peace begins as we entrust the inevitable changes in life to the One who never changes. I love how the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” melds life’s transitions with God’s trustworthy and constant character.

I’m reminded of life’s constant change in the second verse:

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above ...

But that reality joins with the promise of the opening verse:

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

David Argue’s feature this week points compellingly to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in a life filled with change. As well, Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood includes a message of change to every reader of the Pentecostal Evangel.

I pray you can face life’s changes with the peace and confidence found in God’s eternally anchored character and His unwavering love for you.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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