I am a huge fan of several shows on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. I love the writing, the characters, the depth, and the manner by which each of the shows take the audience on plots riddled with twists and turns.The storylines are not far fetched, but instead a lived reality in an amazing artistic way. In other words, there is rarely a dull moment, just like life. In a few weeks, the show Greenleaf will return. The promotional advertisement for the new season opens with I believe one of the new characters,(feels like Ms.Patty) belting the classic, “Changed” by the iconic Walter Hawkins, featuring Tramaine Hawkins. My adoration extends to his music as well, but I digress. The song has always ministered to me, even as a child in the 1970s when it debuted. Here I was singing about a change coming over me, that I wasn’t even aware of. Was I prophetic? LOL! But in all seriousness, less than the age of 10, I was curious about getting to know the person that Mrs. Hawkins was singing about that initiated something that resonated to my innermost being. I didn’t know why, I just knew that I longed for that change.
As I matured and by the time I reached college, the song had meaning for me. Yesterday, while speaking with young women who are embarking upon their second year of college, as well as women who are preparing to leave in t minus 10 days, I shared experiences from my collegiate past, and what I know now as a collegiate administrator. One of the questions I was asked was, “What do you see happen to a person during their college years?” I responded with much, but the common thread is either rooted in being able to effectively manage change or not. Studying, living independent of guardians, creating a budget, steering from credit card offers, working, developing relationships and choosing the activity by which one has limited or no previous experience is critical. By the end of my four years, I’d come to know the God that Mrs. Hawkins was singing about. Yet then, as well as now, no matter how much change we endure, we serve an immutable God that meets us at every evolution we cycle. Hebrews 6:17-18 declares: “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath; That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” Read the entire chapter for your blessing, but for the purpose of this reflection, just know that God cannot change!
Whatever you are facing, whatever you have faced and whatever you will face, know that it is impossible for God to change the character of who He is! As humankind, we make decisions daily that dance with change. We choose our clothing, our food, the way we travel, even something as simple as the channel while watching television. All decision based. Some take a greater amount of energy and carry large consequence but still manifest from a decision. Yet, no matter what we elect, we have access to a God that loves us unconditionally despite the changes we will or that we receive because of the choices of others. Whatever God said in His Word shall stand against the furry of your change. Even when we elect not to change, it does not affect the God who changeth not. He is immutable.