Here and there

These past three weeks have been a roller coaster ride of emotions, exhaustion, and nervous excitement. It seems as if every twist and turn has brought a new vista and the sensation of my stomach dropping to my knees all at the same time.
My family is preparing to move out-of-state and quite honestly, we don’t know the particulars of where we will land.
Now, before your mind starts racing at how foolish and reckless this is– stop. We are stepping out in faith, but we also know where our faith is placed– in the GOD OF THE UNIVERSE.

We have seen some definite doors close and some unexpected doors open. We have experienced sweet love and deep caring from friends we haven’t seen in 20 years. We have been blessed by friends who have driven over an hour to spend a couple more hours packing boxes with us.
Friends, who are more precious than diamonds, have blessed us with pizza — just when we needed it. Laughter and friendship and new memories have been created among boxes and packing tape.
We have been amazed at the ways God has provided for us — not because He provided, but in the “how” He provided.
There have been moments of sadness as well: like saying goodbye to precious treasures who matter dearly to our family.

Our adventure is a big one, no doubt. But there are a few things I know without a doubt:
1.) the same God we serve here is also found in our new state
2.) there are many who are praying for us and Scripture promises those prayers won’t come back void.
3.) as long as we continue to seek God first and truly listen to His direction, we will be ok.

Ultimately, this idea of leaving the known for the unknown has some people baffled.
Why can’t we just find another job? Why do we have to leave?
What about all of the obstacles?
Aren’t the obstacles a sign we aren’t supposed to go?

To these questions and others like them, I do not have answers. I just know when God shows a person it’s time to go, it’s best to go.

I think of Abram. The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 NIV)
He obeyed and found the blessing far outweighed the sacrifice. I think of Job who lost everything and still knew to look to God, even at the most difficult times and he was doubly-blessed.
So, I am packing up and preparing for a journey. I am praying for joy on the way.
Are you being called out of your comfort zone? What will your answer be? Will you chose to stay here or go there??

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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2 Responses to Here and there

  1. LINDA MARSH says:

    Gretchen, This is the first full blog of yours that I have been able to read. I so understand where you and Andrew and your family are at. God does have you covered and in many ways I too am on my own journey to the unknown. Financially, my journey makes no sense. BUT God does use you to reach many through this blog and He will continue to bless you along the way. Keep us posted as to what happens and where you land. I wil pray for your journey and the time God let our paths cross. Blessings, LindA

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