What Is Permanent in Life?

By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

I read in 3-Minute Prayers for Women this Scripture and the following comment:

“So (Isaac) built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there” (Gen. 26:25).

From the text, the following idea was presented:

“Isaac built an altar–an enduring reminder of (God)–and pitched his tent–a mark of transitory life.”

The altar Isaac built as he traveled to his home was built of rock. It would remain forever. Every time he or a descendant came across the monument in the very place it was first erected, they’d remember God. But his home? It was animal skins stretched over poles. Subjected to the elements, it would rot. Due to grazing needs, its location would change, until eventually it, and it’s owner, returned to the earth.

We live in uncertain times. First, COVID-19 takes its toll on our world. Then, current philosophies sway the media and politicians and activists. They proclaim “truth” until they find a newer “truth.” Like a hurricane raging over sand dunes, their truth shifts like the sand.

My answer to this post’s headline–What Is Permanent in Life? Can be answered in one, simple word.


My blog is never meant to be depressing.

Anyone who’s ever read a novel of mine (Be sure to check them out on my book page!), know I find humor in most things.  Even in my most serious work, there’s humor and redemption.

The answer you’ve been waiting for since you read my headline?

God is permanent. His truth is permanent. He’s the rock we can build a mighty structure on. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8)

Please, open your Bibles. If you’re a believer, read. If you don’t yet know the nature of God, read. Find solid truth that never changes. Truth that will steady your life and bring you grace.

(And here’s my advertisement and humor: READ. Yesterday’s Poison (ebook only .99) and A New York Yankee on Stinking Creek  are great choices.)



  1. Cleo Lampos says:

    Good words in a time of depression.

  2. Nancy Hart says:

    Wonderful Carol!

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