Moving with God
As I write this, I am an obsessed woman. Obsessed with keeping my house spotless so it can be ready to show within minutes should our realtor call. Consumed with looking at houses online in our new state. And wondering why we’re having to move across the country less than three years after moving to this side of it. It makes me sympathetic with women like my daughter who face much more frequent moves because of the military lifestyle.
Many biblical women had transient lifestyles. Sarah had to leave her home, her relatives, and her country—without even knowing where she and Abraham were going. God instructed the couple to leave and go to a land that he would later show them. Sarah’s heart must have ached as she left all that was familiar to join her husband on this journey of faith and obedience. As she adapted to a seminomadic lifestyle, I wonder how often her thoughts returned to the city life she had always known.
It’s never easy to leave the security of what is comfortable and familiar. We may be excited about a move, a new job, or a change in lifestyle, but the uncertainty of what lies ahead can still fill us with doubt and fear. How comforting to know that wherever our life journey takes us, God will be right there with us. Even more, he’s already gone ahead and arranged for the circumstances to be used for good, however painful they may seem at the time. Abraham and Sarah’s obedience to God’s call brought blessings to them and to the entire world. Thank goodness that whenever God calls us to leave something behind, we can expect to find new blessings ahead.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.