Five hundred years before Paul wrote his letter to the church in Ephesus, an Ephesian philosopher named Heraclitus was observing the nature of life and committing those thoughts to writing. One of his most enduring quotes is “Everything changes and nothing remains still.” Anyone living in this area can certainly attest to the vast changes we have seen in Woodbridge and Prince William County over the last few years. Anyone worshiping at Immanuel can also affirm the wisdom of Heraclitus’ observation. We have experienced a lot of change. A new name, new worship locations, and new people that the Lord has brought into our family. Though change can bring anxiety, we have also seen that change has been used by God to bring abundant blessings to us as well.
This weekend, another exciting change is upon us as we begin worshiping at Saunders Middle School. As we have discussed, God has guided Immanuel on our journey from our original property to our new location in nearly a straight line. The move from Beville to Saunders brings us one step closer to our new home. Though none of us anticipated such a move, I am confident that it will turn out to be a blessing to us, just like the move from Hillendale Fire Station to Beville was a blessing. Heraclitus observed that life is full of change. Yet another wise man, Solomon, attributed those changes directly to the guidance of God himself. In Proverbs, Solomon wrote Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) The twists and turns that life bring us are often more mysterious and worrisome than a change in worship locations. Yet God’s word promises that if we are following him in faith, we will one day look back and see that what we thought were twists and turns were actually a straight line directing us toward his perfect plan for our lives. Change is constant, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) His guidance and his love never fail.