Moving can be painstakingly laborious work: packing up boxes; moving heavy furniture and appliances, deciding what will move into the new place and what will be thrown away or given away; loading the moving van and finally offloading it; all the while praying my valuables get to its new location without damage! It’s a lot of work but most times it’s so worth it!
Personally, I’d pack a million boxes if it meant moving into my own home! Finally, a place to call my home; where I don’t need to consult with a landlord to change the paint or knock a hole in the wall. I’d load a thousand trucks for a backyard if it meant that my daughter could explore and let loose that pet she’s finally allowed to own. I’d bubble wrap and sheet wrap everything I owned if it meant finally having something of value to leave to my children, my children’s children. I’d PUSH the moving truck myself if that new place had all that I needed to finally be at peace: space, amenities, neighbors I couldn’t hear through the walls…I’d pack a million boxes to move to this new place!
I’ve come to recognize that I have the same emotion towards physical and spiritual movement. Both instances involve journeying from one place to the next. It’s a lot of work to get from the old place to the new. As much as I’d like to wave a wand and find myself teleported to the new place, I know that’s just never going to happen!
It’s difficult to move from that place we’ve called home for so many years because we have accumulated many things, not all of it valuable. We’re faced with the task of deciding what will be taken with us; packing the boxes, carrying the heavy stuff, loading and offloading and FINALLY moving into the new place. It’s all a lot of work but is anything really too much to move to that place God has prepared for us? That place of beauty, freedom, peace and community! Where our children are free to play, explore and grow; and we can consult with God to make changes to the infrastructure to live a comfortable life. I’d pack a million boxes to move to this new place!
Journeying is never easy and the longer we’ve stayed in a place, makes it more difficult to move. However, we have a helper in Christ who is always available to help us when we need Him. FAITH fuels our moving trucks and GRACE supplies all that we need to get to that new place and move again when called to do so.
Looking at my current location I’m ashamed that I’ve stayed here so long. How did I not notice all the ugly that surrounded me, the filth I allowed my family to live in, the decaying structures that brought more harm than good to us…how did I not notice any of this?
I’m packing a million boxes to move from this old place and I’m sure you would too!