She has reached the stage of exploration. A little Columbus. Every time we enter a new house, a new place she is on the move. In cabinets, closets. She finds the bathroom before I do and makes herself at home without being told.
Life is an adventure. Life is racing at a pace of thrilling exploration. She is one and everything is new and exciting. She is innocent and everything is good.
My daughter is teaching me, teaching me yet again. I am no longer an explorer. I no longer find excitement in the changes of life. More often now I fear. I dread the unknown. I ask the whens, whys, and hows. I am less curious and more demanding.
While my daughter explores and finds great joy in the new places and spaces she also knows that familiar is never far. She knows that mommy is never too far. Mommy is in the other room therefore comfort is near. She is safe. Safe to explore, learn and discover.
Somewhere along the way, I lost my faith. With the world rushing at me 100 miles an hour I let my faith that God is with me be caught in the wind. When changes come my first reaction is fear. When changes come I feel alone. However the truth…God’s truth tells me a different story.
God’s truth tells me that I am never alone. God’s truth tells me that despite the changes around me He is the same. God is never changing, constant, the same.
Just like my daughter finds comfort in knowing mommy is never far I can find comfort knowing my God, my Creator is always with me. He lives in my heart. And while people move, buildings crumble, I rest in knowing God is constant, never changing. God will not move. God will not crumble.
It is safe to explore. It is safe to explore when our faith is tied to the never changing, constant love of Jesus Christ.
Malachi 3:6a “I am the Lord, and I do not change.” NLT
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ESV
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ESV
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? ESV