This is our life.
Always on the move.
Going. going. going…
But, it is an adventure. A whirlwind of fun that God is leading us in.
I have no doubt that He is in it all.
There was a moment about a week ago that I was feeling sad.
I was tired and sensing the restlessness that comes from uprooting yourself from the normal and embracing the unknown.
I knew that I wasn’t going to give in to the restlessness. I wasn’t going to let myself be discouraged but I also knew that what I was feeling was a normal part of change.
When others around me are settling in, building roots and staying comfortable in their lives, we are selling everything, packing up, moving around and carrying our roots with us.
Neither way is better than the other. Both are places God has called us to.
We happen to be in the “called to be unsettled” group for now. That’s where He has us.
And in that, comes many feelings… loneliness, sadness, frustration and loss.
In the moment I was feeling those things, God literally arrived. He came to my rescue.
He reminded me that this feeling, these feelings would not last.
I happened to be reading in Genesis 13 where Lot and Abraham split up. Here Lot chooses the lush valley, the beautiful land to settle in and Abraham is called to continue his journey through Canaan.
In a moment much like the one I was having, God met Abraham.
God said, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west…” He goes on to list His promises to Abraham and remind Him that He has a plan for Abraham’s family.
With the instruction to “Go!”, Abraham keeps moving while Lot settles in.
God’s words to Abraham were so encouraging to me. They jumped off the page as if God Himself was speaking.
“Lift up your head! Don’t look at those around you. I have a plan for where you are and where I’m calling you to go! I have plans for your family! Look farther… look bigger… keep your eyes ahead of you. Watch me because I’m doing something in the midst of your unsettled state.”
So, as the next Craigslist customer walks out the door with one of our possessions and as we pack the next suitcase and drive our next 7 hour trip, I will remember the words of God to Abraham.
I will lift up my eyes and keep my focus on the bigger picture.
This is temporary.
This is just a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of what God is doing in our lives.
No matter where you find yourself today… it might not be a place like mine… whatever you feel discouraged about… lift up your head, put your eyes on Jesus and remember He has a plan for where you are and what you are going through!