Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Not everything changes...

After a few days with temperatures in the 60s and even the 70s, we're back to polar bear habitat here in central Arkansas. Yesterday morning when I hit the road, it was 190. This morning the temps weren't quite that low, 280, but the wind made it feel like 200. I'm not complaining though, because I know it won't be long until we're running in warmer weather that will really kick my tail.

This morning I only ran 3 miles. I had 6 planned, but woke up a little late and the wind was blowing and it was cold and I'm running another marathon this weekend and ... and ... and ...

Pretty much if anything could be used as an excuse to cut my run short this morning, it was. I took it really easy too, figuring there's no need to push this last run before Saturday's marathon. Nothing spectacular, nothing fast, nothing impressive. Just a nice little 3 mile run to start the day.

Thoughts of Arkansas' ever changing weather brought this verse to mind today.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8

A kid asked me today if I'd ever seen a year like this, referring to the constantly shifting temperatures. Of course I have. As long as I can remember, I've heard it said that if you don't like the weather in Arkansas to wait, because it will change. Here, it's not like some places where a dog could serve as weatherman and get it right 90% of the time. Here we get 700 and sunshine on Christmas and snow on Thanksgiving, or even 700 one day, then snow and ice the next. From one day to the next, we often go from one extreme to the other.

Sometimes that frustrates people. People like to have at least some idea how things are going to roll out. People like to plan, and they don't want the weather to interfere with their planning or what they have planned. People want dependability, from everything around them, including the weatherman.

But the truth is there's very little we can really depend on. Friends let us down or stand us up when something better comes along. Even family can drop us for something better, or even forget us altogether. So many people, and so many things, we want to depend on. So many things that break our hearts and break our spirits, over and over again.

This promise in the Bible, though, that Jesus Christ never changes, is one on which we can hang our hats. Jesus is the same always and forever. He doesn't change His standards for us. He doesn't change His expectations of us. And He doesn't change the rules in the middle of the game.

In this life, you can't depend on much, but you can depend on Jesus. He's always there when we need Him. All we have to do is call for Him. He's waiting to reach out and lift us when things get too tough for us to handle. His promise to save us from sin, his promise of eternal life, is what we need and is always available.

If you're tired of the world changing its rules, changing its standards, and changing its expectations, then cry out to Jesus. He's the author of Salvation and He never changes! He's with you always, until the end of the age.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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