Bruce and I are old hats at moving. Because of the particular industry he works in, we’ve moved several times: Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, northern California, Colorado, southern California, Colorado. And now, the northwest.
If you’re the adventurous type—which I am—then you might find several aspects of a new place exciting:
- New areas to explore while driving, hiking, walking.
- New restaurants, shops, other places of business. (Oh, if we had the time and you were willing to listen, could I tell you stories about my explorations!)
- New local culture.
- New friends.
- New house. (New neighbors)
- And a new church.
But it’s hard to say goodbye to familiar and comfortable places. Hard to say goodbye to friends. It’s hard to realize that I won’t see my family quite as often.
In every new exploration there are always two viewpoints we need to continually assume:
- Looking forward…
- While checking behind.
As I travel forward, what have I learned from my past that will help me negotiate the suspense of a new place?
- Surely, the advice of friends over the years will help me when I forge new relationships.
- The ministries I have participated in during the past forty years will lead me to new areas of service at my new church.
- The confidence I have gained over the years as I have taught, performed, written, spoken, participated, helped, counseled, listened…
will accompany me as I open new doors.
It’s a little scary facing the unknown of a new town and a new state.
But for the past few months my greatest prayer for my husband and for me has been: “Lord, please prepare our path. Please guide us to every new friend and every new situation.”
Knowing the Lord is surrounding us and will guide us is the ultimate comfort.
I’m trusting Him for the next great adventure!
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make our paths straight.” (Prov. 3: 5,6 NIV Bible)