The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.
The same waters that bring chaos
are the same waves that bring tranquility
deep blue green turns white foam
carries itself over grains of sand
slinking back, backing away
slowly so ever slowly back
taking with it a part of the soul
that once was troubled
burying its secrets never to return
the same way it came before.
Suddenly it roars to life, billowing,
crashing, rushing forward
then it whispers so quietly
I love you.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
©20 September 2018
I have an abundance of wonderful memories I hope I never forget. Family, friends, outings like camping and traveling or marching band in high school. I was just telling my daughter about an elderly couple I visited almost daily when we lived in a mobile home park whom I called Grandpa and Grandma Jordan.
Grandpa and Grandma Jordan lived across from the clubhouse which had a pool. Grandma had a Myna Bird. I don’t remember its name but I do remember how much it talked. One day as grandma and I sat at the dining room table beside the open windows, a young man walked by in his swim trunks with no shirt on, and Mr. Mina Bird called out, “Hey handsome!” The shocked look on the young man’s face was priceless as he thought my grandma had just called out to him. Hee hee!
I also remember other times when we would sit watching guys and girls pass by and Mr. Myna Bird would whistle at them. It never failed. Every time he would whistle they’d look frantically around to see who had catcalled them. Then if they saw us, they’d either give us a dirty look or laugh hysterically with us.
It can be such a sad part of life when our memories begin to fade and our minds become a bit fuzzier. Even sadder when our loved ones succumb to dementia or Alzheimers disease.
But here’s the really great news! Are you ready? God’s Word never fades away. God himself never will go away. In fact, before the stars were ever put in the sky, God was there. When the world was void and still incomplete, God was there. And when this world fades away, yep, God will be there too.
There has never been, and never will be, a time when God has not existed.
Kind of mind blowing. Isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but that’s a pretty big adult dose of reality.
When I stand at the shore of the ocean and look at the horizon, trying to figure out where water and sky meet, I always think about the limitlessness of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1.
Do you realize what this verse really means? In this verse, “the word” is actually referring to Jesus. “In the beginning, was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.”
And that’s why God’s word will never fade. Because Jesus will never go away. Jesus is God. God is God. God has always been and He will always be.
Does that comfort you as much as it does me? I hope so. This week, as we wrestle with the many details of life, find time to comfort yourself with this hope. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
No matter what anyone may say or do, we can face each day because Jesus lives.
From My Heart to Yours,
Top picture: taken by Mark Bridges, 07/2018
Picture of Myna Bird is from Google.com
Galaxy is courtesy of www.pixabay.com