Moving is hard work. It’s frustrating and exhausting and irritating. You lose stuff. You misplace stuff and think you lose it, and then once you replace it, you find it again. I had to pick up all my office stuff and move over the last few days. Not far. Just a few blocks away. But I had to spend days shoving all my files in boxes and labeling them so that they would be easily identifiable.
And of course there was a miscommunication. So the box that had all my important files in it got taken too soon, and it wasn’t properly labeled. So now it’s lost somewhere in the storage rooms of our new office building.
But for as frustrating as the move has been, the new office is awfully nice. It’s roomier and brighter and cleaner. There are more windows, so that means there are more sunlight. So going through the move was worth it, even though it was hard, frustrating work.
Sensing any life parallels?
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
God told Abraham to move. And he did. The Bible doesn’t say he asked questions or wondered where he was going. God said leave, and Abraham left.
Have you ever found yourself in that situation? Where God told you that you had to pack up and leave immediately? Maybe not in an audible voice, but you just knew you needed to go?
Scary, isn’t it? It’s intimidating to leave the place you’re comfortable at and go someplace new. Someplace where you don’t know the layout. Someplace where you don’t know the parking garage or the bathrooms or the coat closets.
But just as it’s important to change so you’ll grow, sometimes changing and moving results in a better situation all the way around. Like a building with new carpet and a better climate control system. A bigger cubicle and more building amenities. And closer to more places to eat.
Moving can be hard and scary and frustrating, but many times once you move, things get better. True, that’s not always the case. There are times when moving means you lose status or position, but in my experience, the times I’ve moved have been because I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work and I’m choosing to do what works.
So are you facing a move in your life? Maybe you’re changing jobs. Maybe you’re changing houses or schools or churches. Maybe you’re changing cities or states or countries.
Don’t approach it believing that it’s always going to be great. You’re moving, and moving is always hard. Instead, face it realistically. Yes, everything is going to be chaotic for a while. You’re going to misplace things. It’s going to be more complicated than you think, take more time than you think, and cost more money than you think.
No, that’s not a defeatist attitude. That’s just being prepared for the way life is.
Because when you’re prepared for it, then it doesn’t take you by surprise. When you’re prepared, then it’s a lot easier to keep seeing God in the details, because you aren’t panicking about everything that’s going wrong.
And when you finally get settled, when you finally reach your goal, you might be surprised how much better things will be. Sure, it’s a hassle to pick up and go somewhere different, and you may not know what the road will be like on the trip, but while the journey matters, it’s not the point. The destination is.