As the family of four pushed open the door and entered the warm café, eight-year-old Carrie cried at the specials board in the entry way. “Look! New apple pie!”

Wee daughter Sarah–just four–chimed in, “New apple pie! That’s just what I want, too!”

After hot lunches, the girls both ordered “new apple pie.” But when the waitress placed the perfect flakey pie wedge in front of the younger girl, Sarah’s voice dropped with disappointment. “It doesn’t look new,” she frowned. “It’s just like other apple pie.”

“Yeah,” agreed her older sister, Carrie. “If this is new apple pie, what was the old one like?  Grandma’s is better.”

“New!” is an attention-getting exclamation drawing attention to change.  Is it always an improvement? Maybe not. When it comes to a better taste, a more effective product, or a work-saving device, new may make things easier. But sometimes new is like a hot waffle stuck fast to the griddle.  The “New and Improved” mix only ends in dry crumbs even after excavation as skillful as experts at an archeological site.

Some want empirical facts before they become willing to try out God as a new product. But He is not a new brownie mix – or apple pie that will shine above all other desserts at a potluck.

Consider these words from that assure that God is timely, dependable, and amazing:

“In the beginning, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing, you will change them and they will be discarded.

But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” [Psalm 102: 25-27 NIV]

New is not needed when it comes to God and His promises. You don’t have to wonder what the old one was like. You don’t have to rewrite the agenda to make room for changes. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And His presence is the improved recipe in all the days of your life.

And that’s better than “new apple pie”!

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and  website, Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]