For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Hello Altered Stories Family,

As I write we are in a season of change.  Since the pandemic started, the word normal has not been spoken over this country.  We have seen lockdowns, as well as violence in the streets. This has caused a feeling of unrest, yet the more things change, the more they stay the same.

You see, we are in the Hebrew month of Elul and we are drawing near to the Feast of Trumpets. This time is known as a time of judgement, starting first with the house of Israel.  We also see this sentiment echoed in the New Testament as well, where it talks about judgement beginning first with in the house of God.  Two weeks after the Feast of Trumpets, comes the Day of Atonement. This is the same day Jesus, Yeshua died on the cross for our Sins.

What is the point of my bringing these Feasts up instead of talking about change?

Because the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Everything is cyclical, and we can always have an idea of what is going on, if we just keep track of where things are going.

It doesn’t matter how crazy things get, As long as we stay close to the heart of God, and we watch the signs and seasons, we will not be shocked when unrest, and plagues, and all number of things hit our land.

It is those who stay on God’s calendar who will be able to adapt quicker than those who do not.

At the same time, it is difficult to adjust to change, and I for one am not a big fan. I like having things somewhat predictable.

So in this time where do we find our comfort?

We find our comfort in the fact that God himself is unchanging.  He doesn’t stick his finger in the air, and change with the wind and the opinions of the day.  Our Lord is steadfast, no matter what happens here on Earth, our God is all loving, but he is also Holy, Holy, Holy.

We also can rest in the fact that our God will return in bodily form, and set all things to right.

So no matter what changes come in your life, or in the world, our God is a strong tower.

That being said one of the biggest hindrances we have is not having control of the unknown. The unknown scares us, because we can’t dictate what we want, nor can we predict what will happen and this leaves us a little off footed.

What is our Lord’s answer, you never had control to begin with. We are further told not to worry, because we can’t even lengthen the hairs on our head, so why should we worry about tomorrow?

I hope this has given you some context. Yes things will change, they may even get rough, but we don’t have to live in fear of that change.

Until next time,

God bless,