• Sara Chapple

In times of uncertainty, what is certain?

There is a lot I have started to say, er write, in the last few weeks. You haven't read any of it because none of it made it all the way to the "publish" step. Nothing really seemed adequate. Nothing really felt like it carried enough weight to be worth our time right now. If it felt really profound in the moment, when I went back to edit, or see about posting, it all just fell short.

It's a hard season.

The specific details of what is making it hard vary from person to person. I know that much is true.

It's a season of change.

Things have changed. For some people it feels like everything has changed.

So, is there anything that hasn't changed?

Whether we think it is cliche, simplistic, obvious or obtuse...

the only thing I can find that is constant, comforting and always true, (I was certainly trying for a third "c" there, as alliteration is always divinely inspired, but "true" just seemed best.), is the Word of God.

Maybe that's the whole point. As everything else shifts like sand under our feet, we are left to look for that which is stable. That which withstands the tests of time, tribulation and turmoil. (there's that divine alliteration I was looking for.)

Personally, this season has been a bit of a roller coaster of feelings and thoughts. Good days and hard days. Wins and not so much wins. :)

In the ups and the downs what holds me in place is the same. I pray it is an anchor for you as well.

A sampling for us all:

Matthew 7:24-27

The Wise and Foolish Builders

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Malachi 3:6

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed."

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

Job 12:7-10

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."

Psalm 19:1

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Luke 12:7

"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

James 1:17

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

Numbers 23:19

"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Zephaniah 3:17

"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Romans 8:37-39

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


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