Day 108: Stable
Happy Sunday and Day 108 of Another 100 Days of Hannah... and Counting, y'all!
Let's see... what to blog about on this lovely late Sunday morning?
So, this morning's devotion was talking about stability.
Okay, well sort of.
The referenced verse was Hebrews 13:8:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He is the same.
Yesterday, today, and forever.
For most of my life, my concept of stability has been one, honestly, of little to no emotion.
Not entirely unfeeling, but minimally affected by... anything.
But, as I look at the picture of Christ that we are presented in scripture, this idea of stability doesn't seem to fit the picture.
I mean, Jesus wept.
He cleared out the temple.
He had compassion on the poor and the needy, but was unafraid to call the teachers of the law out as the white-washed tombs that they were.
He had... emotions.
That He felt deeply and expressed openly.
But yet He remains... unchanged.
And, as I think through this, I realize just how flawed my image of stability has been.
Stability is not escaping trials.
It's not being without emotion.
It's not remaining blissfully unaware.
Rather stability is accepting thoughts and feelings, but knowing that they don't define me.
It's expressing emotions, without letting them control me.
And, more than anything, it's learning to trust in the goodness, grace, and mercy of our loving Father who promises to be faithful, regardless of the storm that rages 'round.
Y'all, this life, this world is not stable.
And it never will be, no matter how much we try to control it.
But that does not mean that we are anchorless - at the mercy of the waves, being tossed to and fro by whatever each day may hold.
Rather, we have the rock of ages.
The chief cornerstone.
Solid ground - firm through the fiercest droughts and storms.
His name is Jesus.