"For I am the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6a).

The enormous cottonwood tree had stood for years outside the upstairs bedroom window of our farmhouse. As a young girl, I grew up playing in its branches and hiding behind its trunk during games of hide and seek. Its shade covered and cooled our house in the summer, and its branches protected us from the fierce north winds of winter. Now, as an adult, I looked out the same window and watched as my young daughters played the same childhood games during recess from homeschooling. A third generation had come to this farm home, and somehow the cottonwood had remained the same — strong, protective, and majestic.

Very few things remain the same during one's lifetime. Perhaps that is why we feel insecure and uncertain many times. As Christians, however, we can find comfort in knowing, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). No matter what difficulties we face or what changes may come, God's constant and faithful love will never be different than it is today. We can always depend on the promises of His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives.

What things in life are you counting on to always be around — a loved one, your money, your health, your children, a home? My old farmhouse is now torn down, my children are grown and have moved away, and the cottonwood is no more. The most important homeschool lesson has taken 25 years for me to learn — the only thing that will ever remain the same is the Lord. "Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end" (Psalm 102:25-27).

Father God, I stand before You with thanksgiving and awe for being such a great and mighty God. Thank You for being the one thing in life on which I can always depend. I give You my worship and praise today. In Jesus' name, Amen.