When you make a move like we have, you face situations when you compare what you had to what you have. We lived on a 160 acre farm before, now we live in a two bed/ two bath apartment in town.
Where my children could go outside and disappear into the woods, fields, or out buildings for hours in Illinois, now they have the apartment complex pool and weight room, or the TV. I don’t have my garden, my wide open spaces, the smell of clover drying in the hayfield. I do have A/C for the first time and no early morning milking or other chores. It’s all about the perspective.
We can whine about the changes we face, or we can embrace them. We can ask God to teach us in the new situation we are in, allowing Him to grow us where we are right now, not where we are going to be, or where we used to be before the move.
Scripture tells us in Isaiah 43:18, 19; “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (NIV 1984). While God is definitely the God who was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 1:8), God doesn’t ask us to dwell in the past, or the future, He wants us in the here and now. Jim Elliot said it best, “Wherever you are, be all there!”
Don’t let the longing for what you had or wish you could have now, prevent you from appreciating what is right in front of you– right now.
Be all there!