Season of Change

For the National Football League, this has been a season of change. New teams and new stars have stepped up to energize the game with a level of excitement not seen in years. What Tim Tebow has done for Denver is the stuff of legends, in spite of the Broncos’ loss to the Patriots on Saturday. What Jim Harbaugh has done in San Francisco is no less startling, especially with the 49ers knocking off the high-powered Saints. And the Houston Texans? They merely played most of the season with their third-string quarterback (and at times with their fourth-stringer) in their first ever drive for the playoffs. Yes, the old guard Patriots, Ravens, and Packers were around this past weekend as well. But make no mistake about it, this has been a season of change that is not only exciting, but represents a freshness the league has been needing for some time.

Not all seasons of change are so welcome, however. With the changing winds of economic gloom, political instability, and other areas of alarming uncertainty, it would be easy to feel that there is no solid ground left in the universe. No place dependable. No place that can be viewed with certainty. But that would be an incorrect assumption. The Old Testament prophet Malachi wrote these significant words: “For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob” (Malachi 3:6).

That is encouraging! In the disruptive seasons of change that characterize life in a broken world, there is great comfort and great reassurance in the knowledge that our God is not only dependable and trustworthy—He is unchanging. Injecting that awareness into the seismic upheavals of life brings more than steadiness. It brings the realization that we need not fear life’s seasons of change. Our never-changing God can carry us through even the most turbulent experiences we will face.

Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain