Guy with pink hair in sunglasses

Pink is the new black according to 2019 color tends from Elle Décor. If you’re into a fresh new interior, coral pink colors are slated to be hot for 2019. I love the idea, but in a dominantly male household, they may revolt if I painted the family room pink. Pink, however, has found its way into the male wardrobe over the years. Businessmen sport pink button-down shirts and pink ties. Basketball players wear hot pink athletic shoes on the court. Some don it in support of women’s causes, others to get attention, or to keep up with a fad. But generally speaking, pink has been a girl’s color.

Or has it?

In the 1800s and early 1900s in England, boys wore pink instead of blue. A 1918 article from Earnshaw’s Infant Department claimed pink was a strong masculine color more so than the dainty, delicate color blue. Strange? To us maybe. But when you consider the Red Coats the British army wore during that time, it makes sense. Boys were considered small men and pink is a lighter version of red. The trend became for boys to wear pink. This all changed with Dwight Eisenhower’s wife, Mamie, wore pink to his U.S. presidential inauguration. Suddenly, pink became a feminine color.

Fortnight Floss Dance

Over time trends come and go. Everything used to be fat-free. Now Keto diets are trending. Carbs are shunned, and fats are okay. Depending on the day or article you read, eggs, dairy, and salt can be healthy or killing you. Politicians flip flop on issues. Republicans and Democrats get elected and unelected. Celebrities and athletes rise and fall from fame. Fidget spinners and bottle flipping are a thing of the past. Dabbing was replaced by Fortnight dances.

It’s exhausting, if not down-right impossible, to keep up.

Change can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. We can feel like Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole where up is down, small is big, and vice versa. Like Alice, we follow the instructions “drink me” and “eat me” to catch up with everyone else but end up overcompensating and becoming too big or too small, never just right.   

Thankfully, amidst all this change, one thing is consistent—one thing is constant.

God remains the same.

Hebrews 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” It almost seems surreal for something to stay the same, but God does. We can rely on his word. We can count on his promises. We can put our trust in Him for His word is truth. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. What he promised long ago still holds true today. It doesn’t fade or grow dim. It’s not swayed, persuaded, or altered. It is the same, determined by an all-knowing God before the heavens were created, before we were a speck in our mother’s womb. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” Isaiah 40:8.

We can release a collective sigh and know, that no matter how topsy-turvy the world is, God is steadfast and unchanging. He is our rock in a sea of change.

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