He Never Changes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

I talked with a man who challenged my thought process on the definition of “free will.” Defined as “the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one’s own discretion.” Most, and particularly people of faith, believe we have it. Free will, as we often view it, is the ability to do whatever we want to do.

But, his challenge was how free is free will. For is not all of our efforts impacted by something that has happened in the past, present or future? Are we not in every form, affected by our surroundings? Though nature always seems to triumph in the Nature verses Nurture battle, our behavior is influenced by the fluid elements that surround us.

Reflecting this week on all that’s occurred and encountered, I would say this is true. For all tractor girl’s free-will decisions have been impacted in some form by the waves of encounters this week.

The constant challenge of The Vision. The Vision continues to speak and the blessings from following it are beyond comprehension, there are a fair share of consequences met. Waves of worry, fear, and uncertainty swarm each step towards the boat and in most cases, causes tractor girl to operate and maneuver her “free will” accordingly.

News of close friends impending battle with cancer, knowledge of less than desirable circumstances, watching the baby eagles continue to learn how to fly, and enduring some long-encountered battles that continue to inflame are all moments of fluidity that can affect “the free will.”

But one simple statement from God’s Word re-centers the being and helps garner “the free will” back to the will of HIM who created us.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

In those words, there is a centering; a re-positioning of any thing that has caused us to veer to the left or the right.  Jesus…The One who is forever the same.

In science, the center of gravity (CG) of an object is the point at which weight is evenly dispersed and all sides are in balance(taken from study.com).  To balance a pencil on an edge and denote the center point of balance, the distance from the center to the eraser and the distance from the center to the point of the pencil  would most likely be different.So, what would appear to be the center of balance(gravity) for the pencil on the edge is different than envisioned.

The things thought to give us balance…

I need more ________________________

I need better ________________________

I need bigger_________________________

…actually produce more un-balance.

There are many things that see to take HIS place and HIS space. Things that surround daily, constantly exerting effort to become the center of attention. Worries, fears, activity, “The Vision,” tragic news, devastating test results—all stand encamped around the soul seeking to be top priority and to influence “the free will.”

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

There will never ever be anything that will garnish more importance than HIM. When we come before HIM with all of our baggage He offers an exchange. We give HIM our ashes, HE gives us beauty. We give HIM our worries, HE gives us peace. We give HIM our fear, HE gives us power.

When we come before HIM, there is but one thing to focus on…and that is HIM. No need to focus on what needs to be done; no need to focus on the troubles and uncertainties that continue to come; no need focus on the fears that try to dominate. The focus is simply directed completely to HIM. The more the focus is on HIM, the less “these things” will impact us. As the pressures that surround us surmount, perhaps it gives us more of an opportunity to experience HIS wonderful grace. For HIS grace is sufficient in every single circumstance; the good, bad and the ugly.

So as “the free will” originally given in The Garden of Eden continues to face attack, we can rest in HIS grace that allows us to re-center and focus on the one thing…which is HIM.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7(NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1(NLT)

For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5(AMP)

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