Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Does everyone hate moving as much as I do? Of course I may be a little biased since I have moved more than 41 times in my life. No really. Our family moved 8 times before I was 10 years old. I went to 5 different high schools. I have lived in 7 states and 1 foreign country (Tehran, Iran before the shah was deposed!!!). I’ve lived in an apartment so small that there was only room for two in the living room. Opposite that, I have lived in a rambling farmhouse with a bedroom the size of the apartment plus 40 acres to spread out on. Only once has a company moved me so I feel like I am fully qualified to speak about the pros and cons of moving.
Let me just say that it is ten times harder to move across town than across the country. When you are moving from say….North Carolina to California, you pack carefully and fully, taking only what you need for the car ride as well as your extremely personal items. But when you are moving to a house less than a mile away? Not so careful in your packing choices. Halfway through the move you find yourself just throwing things in the back of the car because it just seems easier. You would think I would have learned by now the absolute ridiculousness of “quick and easy” when referring to any kind of move.
In the early days of my life, specifically when I was young and couldn’t control the circumstances, there was little I could do to participate or help in the move. When I became older, more often than not, I was moving due to jobs, whether mine or for the military. There were the random moves such as move in with the girlfriends or divorced so have to move back home move. Two of the last three moves were for downsizing (one was for upsizing but that is a whole different blog). I would like to say I am finished moving but I have an inkling that God is not finished with His plans for us.
As I look back upon the moves I can see now that God’s Hand was all over my life. Even when I was running from Him when I moved. I have been studying the story of Jacob in the Old Testament for a Bible class(because along with everything else I have enrolled in college) and in my reading I have come to realize that even when I thought I was in control, God was making things happen in the background to orchestrate His plan for my life. The story of Jacob can be found in Genesis 25-36. It is rich with tales of deceit as well as renewal. But more than anything, it is the story of how, even when you constantly run from God, make decisions without praying for the answer from God, or try to make your own destiny, He will always bring you back around to where He wanted you in the first place.
As I stand in the midst of the chaos of the move, surrounded by the boxes filled with the stories of my life, I am more acutely aware that what I crave more than anything is to know that I am moving where He wants me to move. That I am going where He wants me to go. That I am bringing what He wants me to bring. All of this “stuff” that we keep moving is just junk. It means nothing in the big picture. I can’t take it with me to eternity. So even though I will unpack our earthly treasures as I make this old/new house our home, the most important thing I can unpack today is my renewed faith in His promise that He will always be with me, that He will never leave me, and that one day He will bring me to my Heavenly Home where I won’t need to worry about which box I packed my glasses in or what to do with four beds in a three bedroom house.
Blessings and thank you for being along for the journey,
©2015MichelleWelch, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries and Single Matters Magazine
Scriptures from English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers
Photography by Michelle Welch, all rights reserved