I found out tonight that a friend of mine and her husband were separated. It just came out in passing and it was one of those awkward moments. A third friend asked how her husband was doing because he hadn't seen him around. The tears began to flow.
The truth is the older I get, the less I like change. The fact that so many marriages break up in today's world, means that we all have to deal with changing relationships. Every time a couple breaks up and a home falls apart, it affects the rest of us. It reminds us that nothing is permanent.
The good news is that there is actually one thing that never changes. There is one that is permanent. The Prophet Isaiah says, "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."Everyone else may fall away, but God will never leave us. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
The scriptures speak against the constant change that we see everyday and hold out the vision of an eternity with God. I guess that's what gets me through these tough times. If I would have thought of it, I would have shared that with my friend tonight when I hugged her and told her that God would walk with her through this. For now I will continue to pray for her and all of us as we face the challenges of this changing world.