I was doing some meal prep Sunday night, getting ready to transition over to making dinner for me and my husband. He was supposed to be walking through the door at any minute when my phone buzzed. I turned it over to see a message from Nathaniel saying he would most likely be a few minutes late; things weren’t going quite as planned in the Command Post. No worries, life happens. A while later I received another message, this one saying he didn’t know when he would be home, things were up in the air. So my evening looked a little different than I anticipated, no big deal. I’ve learned that this is just par for the course in the world of the military.
To wrap up that story, he ended up coming home just a couple hours later and we got to share some smoothies while watching Friends. Perfect way to end the day in my book. But that little snippet of my week, that in the great scheme of things is so insignificant, got me to thinking about something else that holds THE greatest value. The consistency of Christ.
Here’s a little recap of my last 12ish months. On July 30, 2018, I got engaged. I moved across country to the great state of Texas a month later, where I attended Bible School on a little hill top for a gap year. It was there that I got my first taste of living independently from my parents and a community which I loved dearly. While being away, I planned a wedding for June 2019, just a month after I would graduate from my program. In early April 2019, I got a call in Texas that sent me into whirlwind. Within a week I was stuffing all my belongings into my car, surrounded by teary eyed goodbyes, getting ready to start the long road trip back to Florida. I went back home, leaving school more than a month early, to replan my wedding for May. Six weeks earlier than scheduled and just five weeks away. Due to some military details, a date change was necessary. It’s amazing what can happen when there’s a little time crunch involved, let me tell you.
Since marrying my best friend, we’ve had quite the adventures of our own. We left the only city we had ever called home and both of our families 10 days into marriage. With a Subaru CrossTrek filled to the brim, we set off for the Midwest. We had no idea the culture shock we were in for. Within the perimeters of the two and a half months we’ve been in Missouri, we have lived in three different apartments/houses with a fair share of drama and changed plans thrown in that mix. Fingers crossed we’re staying put for a while! *However, your definition of a while and ours may differ slightly*
Throughout all of this, Nathaniel and I have both started new jobs, navigated all the new adult things that life now consists of, and have been learning just how to be married in general. Most days, it’s a blast. I treasure these first months of our lives together and I would never say that I wish them away. This is what I would say, our life is anything but consistent.
Jesus is so constant. He doesn’t change as our plans or circumstances do. He’s consistent when our lives are all over the map, literally and figuratively. Christ is the sole thing that will not falter or change. I have experienced this to be true. It has become more than a truth than I can read in my Bible but a truth that I can look back on and hold in my heart.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13 (NASB)
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. -Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)
Maybe you feel like your life has no rhyme or reason. Maybe you feel like your head is spinning because you can’t keep up with the plans that change daily. Maybe you’re getting ready to transition into a new season and feel as though you’ve lost all things that hold even a hint of familiarity.
Take a deep breath. In the unpredictability, choose to place your confidence in Christ. Be encouraged that though things change, Jesus never will. His plans for you are still good, friend, even if you can’t see it.
Hold tightly to Him with everything you have. For this you have Jesus.
All the love, Rachel Hollis