Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

James 1:17 (NLT)


A nine-year-old girl joined her mother and aunt for a week of camp at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, a first for all of them. One evening, during the course of the week, the young girl was introduced to Christ as her Savior by her counselor and as she prayed, she began to cry. The counselor shooed the rest of the girls into another room, hoping to find the cause for the tears. With a limited vocabulary, the young girl could only say that the story had gone deep into her heart and that she was so happy. That young girl was me and the story took place during one summer day, over sixty years ago.

I love that God, our Father, never changes as a shifting shadow does. A shadow is defined as “an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something.” But, we don’t need to worry that God will turn away from us creating a shadow of uncertainty or fear. He won’t do that because He is light and in Him there is never any darkness. Remember — He doesn’t change.

As I ponder changes or things that I miss these days — perfect vision with no thought of it ever being otherwise, family and friends in California, freedom to come and go without masks or social distancing, a church or auditorium full of people, the women’s chorus that I enjoy singing with — I know that we may never go back but we can and will grow and walk forward.


As my friend said, “And you know all those things we used to enjoy?  They came about through change. So we know that there will come people, activities, things through this change, that will bring joy.” We can trust that His good and perfect gifts will flood our hearts with the light of His presence, hope for tomorrow, assurance of salvation, and peace in a stress-filled world.


Change? Embrace it. You’re not alone.