Do you know how you can tell when the "new normal" becomes just plain "normal"? I do. It happened Friday morning.
After men's Bible Study, Dixon was heading for the door when he turned and said, "So when do you think we will start coming back to church?" My heart rate went up. Panic began to set in. Change? And it hit me- "new normal" was now my comfort zone.
As much as I don't like where things are right now, I have become comfortable with the new routine. Church is now on Saturday mornings. Sundays are truly a day of rest. Monday through Wednesday I spend at the school or on school work. Thursday and Friday are for finalizing Saturday's worship service. It's working, and I am now comfortable with it.
If someone ever told you that the Christian life was going to be comfortable and routine, you were listening to the wrong person. We live on planet earth where life is constantly changing. Jobs change, family situations change, health changes, etc. Therefore if you are alive you will always experience changes and you will be forced to adapt to them.
For those of us who enjoy the comfort of routine this is bad news, however one thing that I remind myself of as life is constantly in flux is that the God I serve is not like the world we live in. According to James 1:17 "the Father of the heavenly lights...does not change like shifting shadows." In all of the change we see around us we must remember that God is not like man, He DOES NOT change.
That is a great comfort to me. That means that I can look to His word and know that it was true yesterday, is true today, and will be true tomorrow. I can hold onto His promises knowing they will never pass away. This means when those moments of panic set in I can recall His promises that He will never leave me.
Jeremiah was in a dark place with all of Israel as he wrote these words that we should remember today,
"But this I call to mind,
and therefore have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
'therefore I will hope in him.'" --Lamentation 3:21-24
So when panic sets in, and when our routine gets disrupted and changed once again (even if it is back to what it once was) remember that the Lord never changes and we should constantly hope in him.