People change. Jobs change. Health changes. Relationships change. Life changes. Stuff changes.
Sometimes it changes for the better; sometimes not. These changes in life can often leave us grasping for something steady to hold onto – something that will not move or change. People in the helping professions know that the best thing to do after a traumatic event is to help people to get back into ‘normal life’ as soon as possible. Part of the reason for this is that a traumatic event unhinges our world and can leave us feeling as though nothing is safe, as though there is nothing that is dependable and reliable.
Somehow, in the context of trauma, ordinary life can communicate to us that there are some things that are dependable and do not change. This is true... at least to a point.
Yet even in the absence of a traumatic event, many of us live 'ordinary' lives that are full of upheaval and change; nothing is steady. But even if our lives were currently static and steady, we all know that it could change in the blink of an eye. So where can we find security? If it comes from things not changing, then the place to find security is in something that does not move. The best thing to trust in will be something that does not change.
So what is that you may ask? Well it won't be anything on this planet. It will need to be something that is not contingent on physicality, because the physical world is always changing. It will need to be something that precedes and supersedes the physical world. In short, Jesus is the only one that qualifies for this job (Malachi 3:6). Only He can be a refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).