The French have an expression, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose (the more things change, the more they remain the same). One way to interpret this saying is to draw from Solomon’s wisdom in the book of Ecclesiastes where he says, There is nothing new under the sun. For me, this saying also declares that in this temporal life one certainty is that there will be change.
Today we have a new president-elect, Donald Trump. This country is changing; the world is changing. For many, the uncertainty of all of our tomorrows is very unsettling. As a person of faith, I remind myself that this temporal world is imbedded in the eternity of God. The psalmist puts it this way:
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 46:1-7 NASB
There is nothing that surprises God. God’s plan for you and me, this country and the world, even creation itself, is unfolding. We belong to God. Therefore, life is good; now and forever!