HeroBoy, as much of a knucklehead as he is, can be very profound at times. The other day, he gave King Pen an unsual, but beautiful compliment. He looped an arm around King Pen’s shoulders, and said with genuine affection, “Dad, you’ll never change.”
It doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it had meanings within meanings.
God provides us all with earthly fathers. Some of us are fortunate enough to have them with us for many years. Sadly, some all too briefly. However it is defined, we know that relationship with our earthly father mimics the one with our heavenly father in so many ways. It isn’t a perfect reflection. It’s distorted, fuzzy, imperfect. But there are moments, like this one with HeroBoy, when it is clear and amazing.
For God will never change.
And just as HeroBoy took comfort and pleasure in that fact about King Pen, we can do the same about God. We will always know what to expect with God. He’s not going to surprise us with some unexpected change of character. He’s not going to turn into some completely different being one day. He’s predictible- wonderfully and awesomely the Same forever. The promises He’s made, He’ll keep. The comfort He offers will never run out. As forgiving and merciful as He is today, He will be tomorrow. He is the “Great I am”, not the “Great I Used to Be”, or the “Great I Will Be”. He is who He is, always, and He will never change. Everything He was to Abraham, to David, to Elijah– to Paul and John and Simon Peter– He is those things to us today. For He is Unchanging.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
One day, HeroBoy might say those same words to King Pen, “You’ll never change, Dad” and not have kind intentions. I hope he’ll always hold his father with more respect than that, but it happens. Because we’re imperfect parents, and there are some things about us that NEED to change. But right now, HeroBoy saw the good in it, saw that being the same, being dependable and solid, is a thing to be lauded. He knows that his dad is a constant in his life, something he can count on and hang on to.
How much more can we say that of our heavenly Father?
Anyway, just a few thoughts on a wet, snowy day here in south Louisiana. Happy Advent to you all.