Just a few days ago I got a surprise as I was doing some research for my series Peace in Providence where I will be relating God's providential acts and guidance as I went from Roman Catholic, to satanist (I avoid capitalizing that name), to pantheist, to becoming born-again and God's continued provision in the journey in Him.
I was trying to see the location where my Dad had taken me "fishing" behind the Colgate building in Jersey City. It was not really fishing since we did not have a pole, fishing line and a hook. Either we did not have the money or my Dad saw no point since we were at the Hudson River and the waters might have been polluted.
I just had a thin cord that I tossed into the water. I remember turning around and seeing some workers in the windows staring and smiling at us. I also remember the Colgate clock that was fastened to the back wall of the building.
I wanted to get the street address and thought I could pinpoint the spot using Google Earth. In my mind it was north of where we lived on 5th Street in Jersey City but I saw nothing that resembled that spot on Google Earth.
So I went to the Google search engine. As I looked at the pages the service fetched for me I learned that the location was apparently south from 5th Street, and I also learn something that saddened me--Colgate moved from that location some years ago.
Well, I was hoping to go back to that spot someday but now it is gone or, in the very least, so altered that I would not know for sure where we had been.
That is alright though. Ever since I came to Christ I know that only God and His Word does not change. Think of some of the comfort that fact brings. Standards do not change. God is always present. His promises of forgiveness based upon how we respond to their requisites remain.
We read in Hebrews 1:10-11, "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest;"
Is it not kind of strange that the things we can see change, but much of the unseen does not? It is also wonderful that while people and society changes, God does not.
No wonder so many truly in Christ have deep peace.
"O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates and thy gates of rubies, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD, and great shall be the peace of thy children." --- Isaiah 54:11-13
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