The other night I went to the grocery store to buy ice cream. It was on sale, and I was really looking forward to a carton of my favorite, Cookies and Cream. Unfortunately, as is often the case with sale items, there was no Cookies and Cream in sight.
I was standing in the freezer aisle debating whether to skip the ice cream or get a less desirable flavor when I decided to not give up the hunt so easily. Maybe there was a carton shoved back behind some of the others.
I dug through first one shelf and then the other. I sorted through stacks of Rocky Road and Vanilla Bean, and Peanut Butter Cup. And would you believe my luck? There in the back I suddenly uncovered a rogue carton of Cookies and Cream. I snatched it up triumphantly and placed it in my cart.
I was about to walk away when I suddenly realized that what I really wanted was Chocolate Chip.
So I opened the freezer case again, replaced the Cookies and Cream, and bought a carton of Chocolate Chip.
So far I have been happy with my purchase, although I expect at any moment to begin craving Cookies and Cream. (Help me out here. Am I the only one who does things like this?)
Isn’t it good to know, amidst all our idiosyncrasies and changeability, that there is One who is not tossed so easily by whimsy? We worship the unchanging, everlasting, eternal God. He is the one who is, and was, and is to come (Revelation 1:8). He does not change with the weather, or the season, or the year, or the culture. Our God is the great I AM. He was there when time began, and He will be there at the end of time and the beginning of eternity. No matter what is going on around us, we can rest securely in the firm foundation of our unchanging God.
Think about that the next time you’re deliberating an ice cream selection.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John: 8:58).