Unchanging

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While 7 million people gathered to see, hear and experience the mass of the pope last Sunday, I escaped up the mountains. I had the perfect excuse.  I wanted to escape the human and vehicular traffic that was sure to plague the streets while at the same time, also escape the monotony of staying at home. For sure, if I stayed home, I would have slept through everything.

According to some, the only permanent thing in this world is change. To some extent this is true. While traversing the 811 meter tall mountain, the terrain has not changed. However, the weather conditions made the trek all the more challenging.

Mt. Batulao has its cursed heat when you traverse. There are no trees growing on most of the trail, only grass and some shrubs. The sun heats up directly overhead thus make it challenging. The first time I went there, I experienced headaches due to the heat. This time around though, there was a storm. The winds were so strong it almost knocked me off balance several times. The paths were also wet and muddy. It was hard to climb up or down without soiling our hands and feet. Raindrops were hitting our faces like tiny pins thrown at your face.

Changes like the weather make the trek different.

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.

His faithful love endures forever.

 

Psalm 136: 5-6

 cosmos

For city dwellers like me, we cannot really appreciate the stars in the sky unless we go out of the city. The lights of the city tend to overpower the lights of the sky rendering them unseen by our naked eyes. Thus, I love going out of town for the weekend. I love looking at the bright night skies lit by stars and the moon.

Fun fact: the stars are millions of light years away. Light year is not really a measure of distance but time. It means that it takes years before light could reach a certain heavenly body. Thus the stars that we see with our naked eye have actually changed. We just couldn’t know the difference. In our eyes, they seem to be the same.

We don’t realize that they have changed.

 

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,

His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.

His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 136:7-9

While we believe that everything around us changes, we can be sure that there is one other permanent thing in this world – God and His feelings for us. His love does not change. It remains constant amidst the storms and changes in human civilization. His love does not leave us nor forsake us.

jesus-christ-sermon-mountSure, looking throughout the Bible stories, we may see people dying and suffering out of God’s anger. Disobedient people who were stoned to death, turned to pillar of salt, struck by lightning or eaten by the ground. Notice though that mercy was always given. Grace was always eminent. People were given extension after extension. In fact, he actually seemed like a doting Father to His disobedient children.

In the bigger view of things, we see God preparing the way for the people back then to be ready for His son’s coming. He was preparing the world to receive the best and only gift heaven has to offer – Jesus Christ.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 

Romans 5:6-8

See that kind of love? It does not bow down like the wind. It remains constant – merciful and just. Painful consequences of our actions are still there but second chances are always present. He was a parent then until now.

Crazy right?

That’s the only thing we could rely on. God’s love will not change even if we are like reeds bowing with the wind. When we lean on Him, He could turn reeds into trees, rocks into mountains, and winds into storms. His love is constant that it’s really mind blowing.

Is your love like that? I don’t think so.

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