I know most think I’m crazy and wonder why I can’t stay put. After all this will be our 14th full move in sixteen years of marriage. Who could really blame my wife if she up and left me tomorrow? Yes, at the end of this month we will be moving again. I totally dread packing up all of our belongings, loading them up, and transporting them to our new house. There is nothing enjoyable about relocating a family of six, but it beats the alternative.
Settle down, we’re not moving out of town just down the street. However, other than a shorter distance to travel the process is the same. I’m convinced that moving furniture around with your wife is one of the leading causes of divorce. My wife has told me on more than one occasion that God has not called her to be a furniture mover. Fortunately, she has wholeheartedly supported every move we’ve ever made. Here is why.
One, we know a house is just a structure. Just like the church building does not make the church, a house does not make the home. Sure, it’s nice to have a place that accommodates your needs and allows for quality time together as a family. But, neither one of us believe we have to live in a dream house. We do hope we’re in this next house for quite a while. Who knows we’ve said that before and here we go again.
Two, we know life is about adjustments. If moving into a new home remains our greatest challenge in this life we will consider ourselves very blessed. People deal with greater challenges every day and this just happens to be one of our many life adjustments. The home we’re moving into better fits our family’s needs and budget. And, after much prayer and processing we’re convinced it’s the direction God is leading us to go.
Finally, we know we don’t call the shots. My job is not to tell God what I will or will not do. My job is to seek God’s face, listen for God’s voice, and obey God’s Will. Many times this requires us to inconvenience ourselves, step of our comfort zone, and move wherever God is leading us. If I were to share my complete story you would see that most of our moves have been rallied around making sure we stay together and stay in God’s will. We wake up each day and ask God, “What next?” Whatever He says goes, wherever He leads is best, and we step forward with confidence knowing God will not lead us down a dead in road. Listen to what James tells us in God’s word.
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. – James 4:13-17