We walked along the boardwalk, waves crashing in the distance. The tangy salty smell beckoned us closer to the shoreline filled with black sand. After all, how often would we get to see and experience the South Pacific.
But as we stepped off the boardwalk, to walk this stunning shoreline, we realized we weren’t on sand at all. As far as we could see were millions of black pebbles.
Slippery. Constantly shifting. No way to get solid footing. Unstable.
“Stay back from the water’s edge. Rogue waves and dangerous rip currents.”
We were warned about people getting “sucked out to sea” by rogue waves. Standing on these black pebbles, we got it. No way to maintain your footing if you got hit by a wave.
Beautiful. Dangerous. Unpredictable.
If we weren’t careful, our life could change in an instant.
Come to think of it, that’s true every day.
Life is beautiful, unpredictable, capricious.
However, there is one that is immutable (a big, fancy word for changeless). There is One that will never fail you or me.
Hard to believe that anything or anyone is immutable isn’t it.
But what if this really is true?
What if there is something that will never change? What if there is something or someone not affected by culture, mores, current political philosophies, or societal trends?
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.
Michael Card, singer-songwriter and teacher, penned these words that assure us of Jesus’ unchangeable love:
He loves us with passion, without regret
He cannot love more and will not love less
You and I change. We are not always true to our word. Our actions are inconsistent. We do not love completely. Not so with Jesus.
The deep, deep love Jesus has for His created ones (you and me) never changes. While we may sometimes be disappointed in Jesus because circumstances in our life are not what we wished they were, He does not change. He is always true to His character. His love is immutable.
I hope you’ll enjoy this different rendition of the hymn, O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus. The author of this hymn, Samuel Trevor Francis, discovered the constancy of Jesus when he contemplated taking his own life while on a London bridge.
Extraordinary, dependable love in unstable times.