Is Anything What It Claims To Be?

Yesterday afternoon I took my youngest son Josh out for some “hang out time” with me during yesterday’s lovely Fall rainstorm. We had some Starbucks gift cards on hand so we went out for a delicious hot beverage during the downpour. Here’s the thing though. Josh ordered a chocolate chip frappacino and he give me a taste of it. I took one sip and before I could even say another word Josh said, “Tstarbucksastes like a milkshake doesn’t it?” Yes, in fact his drink was not coffee (which was a good thing considering he is an 8th grader). Josh’s drink was a coffee-ish flavored milkshake. Is a cup of coffee even a cup of coffee anymore? It made me wonder this morning during our election year, “Is a Republican a Republican anymore or a Democrat a Democrat? The political animals I see in 2016 don’t exactly resemble the Republicans or Democrats I recognized as public servants when I first started voting years ago.”

Change is an inevitable reality I guess, but the changes can make me long for the past as if my past was a place of security. But darn it! King Solomon tells me I shouldn’t even long for the past. In Ecclesiastes 7:10 he observes, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.'” In the end, the one thing, and one person who will never change is my God. In Malachi 3: 6 God clearly states, “I the Lord do not change.” Even when my world, my coffee, my political representatives, my health or whatever changes – my God will not ever change.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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