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Resting in the arms of an unchanging God

Every year for Mother’s Day, my family takes me to the nursery to pick out flowers for our flower garden. To say that I look forward to this for months on end would be an understatement. My family joins me in planting numerous pots full of luscious flowers. My husband would tell you that is the easy part.

The hard part? I change my mind a few (alright, more than a few!) times on where to place the pots and how to organize them on the front porch, the patio, and the numerous other places we place pots around our yard. Lon, sometimes with the aid of our ancient Radio Flyer wagon, hauls the pots to just the right place. And then to just the right place again.

I’m thankful I married a strong former farm boy.

It’s a running joke that I can’t always make up my mind for the placement of pots overflowing with petunias, pansies, daisies, verbenas, and fuchsias. But while I may be indecisive on where my flowers will thrive under the best growing conditions and where our family will appreciate them most, there is One who isn’t indecisive.

One whose mind isn’t swayed.

One who remains steadfast.

In a world that has changed dramatically in the past ten years (and even more so in the past two), it’s always a bit disconcerting to imagine what the next day will bring. Toxic news stories are everywhere from TV to the internet. Anxiety rates have risen, depression is more prevalent than ever, and discord among friends (and, sadly, even family) is becoming commonplace.

But through all the craziness, lunacy, and insanity that has abounded in recent months, God remains steadfast, faithful, and unchanging. His Word remains the same, never wavering for a moment, even though the tides of everyday life change more rapidly than we can comprehend.

Psalm 86:15 tells us “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” We in Christ long for His return.

But, thankfully, He is a God that desires for no one to perish (2 Peter 3:9). In those frequent moments when I long for His return, I remember some of those I love who don’t yet know Him. Who don’t yet have the consolation of residing with Him for eternity and my prayer life for them becomes more persistent than ever.

So today, let’s rest in the steadfast love of the Lord. Remembering that while this world constantly changes, and in those changes, it can be a frightening place to reside, there is One whose love, whose Word, whose very Being never changes. Let’s rest in His arms in light of chaos, fear, unfairness, loss of freedom, heartache, and lost relationships and remember that in all of this, He truly is our unchanging refuge.

May we keep our eyes on Him, never wavering from the One who can truly give us rest.

Before you go, check out these other posts:

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5 do’s and don’ts when interacting with someone going through a difficult time

10 Bible verses to start off your day

you might be a writer if… (10 ways to know)

31 awesome movies for your must-watch list

the importance of new beginnings

7 ingredients for creating the perfect character

the video camera is always on part 1


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and through her newsletter via

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