He is always the same.
In an article I wrote a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am a fan of the movie “Tombstone”. In the next to the last scene of the movie, Doc Holliday is having a last conversation with Wyatt Earp and says to his friend “there is no normal life Wyatt, there’s just life”. With all the uncertainty in the world during this Covid-19 pandemic there is a lot of discussion regarding when things will get back to “normal”. Along with the dizzying array of expert opinions, media speculation and wishful thinking by those of us in the general public we also being subjected to that old phrase “the new normal”.
I remember the first time I flew after 9/11 and how different airports and air travel became. While I agree that most of those changes were necessary because of the new threat environment we now lived in, I personally don’t want to see us not shaking hands or hugging friends. I’m also eager to not have to wash my hands just because I opened my mailbox or a door. People are suggesting that we’ll all start wearing masks in public places from now on, that social distancing will become everyday practice and life as we know it will forever be different than it was prior to the coronavirus outbreak. While I’m sure that some people may do those things in their own lives, I can’t help but think we’re a little more stubborn, selfish and resilient than to let some of these precautions become “the new normal”. People were incredibly patient in airports during those early October days in 2001, but it wasn’t too deep into 2002 before even people who said “9/11 changed me forever”, were complaining that the security line was taking too long. As a student of human nature, I’m betting that impatience will triumph over caution and that most of us will be back to our “old normal” as quickly as we can.
With so many things in our world in a constant state of change, steadfastness is one of the qualities of God that blesses me the most. Psalm 90:2 reads, “Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” Revelation 1:8 states; “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty.” One of my favorite passages of scripture comes in Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.'” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” When Moses asked God His name, He simply said “I Am”; no beginning, no end, unchanging and constant. As we all struggle to figure out what normal will look like, I am praising God that He is the same yesterday, today and forever and ALWAYS there for us.
By Dean Marini