Steadfast

I am writing outside today. What a joy it is, soaking up the early autumn sunshine after being cooped up inside for several rainy weekends in a row!

Our garden is quickly fading. In fact the only thing still thriving seems to be our Mexican Sunflowers. The hummingbirds and butterflies love them!

Both birds and butterflies have been busy this week, getting their fill of the sweet nectar as they prepare for their long migration flights to warmer climates in Mexico. I haven’t seen any “hummers” today, so it’s possible they have already departed. I often wonder, with the sheer number of migrating butterflies and birds, do they ever cross paths along the way? I guess we will never know.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.””
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:8‬

Scientists have more questions than answers as to what prompts these tiny creatures to migrate twice each year. For both the Monarch butterflies and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, their species’ survival depends on this perilous 2,500-mile journey! Somehow they seem to know just the right moment to depart, and they also know exactly where they are going (even without a GPS 😉). Isn’t that marvelous?

We serve an amazing God, who — despite all the other uncertainties of this world — remains steadfast, and always provides for even his tiniest creations.

Some Things Never Change

Fall is officially here! Welcome cooler weather and changing leaves, flannel shirts and frosty eves! I’ll take it all over the soggy, sultry summer we have had here in Virginia.

Even though my husband detests the cold weather, he is ready to put away his garden tools. It has not been a good summer for our vegetable garden. His tomatoes, in particular, have suffered from all sorts of disease and pests this summer, likely caused by all the damp weather.

I am grateful that I live in an area where I experience a variety of seasons, fall being my favorite one. I don’t think I would like living anywhere that has the same climate year-round. I would miss the emerging buds in March and the arrival of migrating songbirds and hummingbirds in April and May. I would miss listening for the first peepers, crickets and cicadas in the early summer months. And call me crazy, but I would miss the first feathery frost in October, and the first snow flurries around Thanksgiving.

In this ever-changing world, is there anything that remains the same?

Yes, there is! There is one truth that will never change:

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

No matter what life throws my way, I am confident in the steadfast love of Jesus, who was, is, and ever will be — my unchanging Savior.