Devotions

Always the Same

2020 has been the year of changes.

That is putting it mildly, some of you are probably thinking.

The ways that we work, shop and go to school have been altered.

Curve balls are thrown at us on a daily basis.

Yesterday was no exception.

An eerie feeling came over me as I entered the building for my yearly appointment with my oncologist.

The center that was once bustling with activity now felt like a ghost town.

No walks where breast cancer survivors and supporters could gather this year.

In person activities and gatherings have shifted to virtual.

It has been almost 10 years since my diagnosis.

Connections with others were the very things that helped me through my own journey.

And as I made my way back the empty hallway after getting my temperature taken at the door, 

I ran into a staff member who had helped me through my treatment years ago.

We sat and chatted about the change in the atmosphere.

Limitations in how the staff interacts with patients and how the patients interact with each other left a heaviness on my heart.

Everything just feels different.

And when everything feels different, this is the verse that I hold onto:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NLT

He never put limitations on how He interacted with His people.

Not if they were considered unclean.

“Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” Matthew 8: 1-3 NLT

Not if they were considered unworthy.

“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”  John 4: 7-10 NLT

Jesus knew that they craved connection.

Connection with the One who brought hope into their brokenness.

The same hope that is available to us today.

The only limitations that are placed on how I interact with our Savior are the ones I put there myself.

He is always available, ready to listen to our hearts, whether they are joyful or heavy.

He never withholds Himself from us.

And in a world that is constantly in flux, my heart is grateful that He is my constant.

My prayer is that you allow Him to be yours as well.

That is putting it mildly, some of you are probably thinking.

The ways that we work, shop and go to school have been altered.

Curve balls are thrown at us on a daily basis.

Yesterday was no exception.

An eerie feeling came over me as I entered the building for my yearly appointment with my oncologist.

The center that was once bustling with activity now felt like a ghost town.

No walks where breast cancer survivors and supporters could gather this year.

In person activities and gatherings have shifted to virtual.

It has been almost 10 years since my diagnosis.

Connections with others were the very things that helped me through my own journey.

And as I made my way back the empty hallway after getting my temperature taken at the door, 

I ran into a staff member who had helped me through my treatment years ago.

We sat and chatted about the change in the atmosphere.

Limitations in how the staff interacts with patients and how the patients interact with each other left a heaviness on my heart.

Everything just feels different.

And when everything feels different, this is the verse that I hold onto:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NLT

He never put limitations on how He interacted with His people.

Not if they were considered unclean.

“Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” Matthew 8: 1-3 NLT

Not if they were considered unworthy.

“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”  John 4: 7-10 NLT

Jesus knew that they craved connection.

Connection with the One who brought hope into their brokenness.

The same hope that is available to us today.

The only limitations that are placed on how I interact with our Savior are the ones I put there myself.

He is always available, ready to listen to our hearts, whether they are joyful or heavy.

He never withholds Himself from us.

And in a world that is constantly in flux, my heart is grateful that He is my constant.

My prayer is that you allow Him to be yours as well.

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