Lessons From Moving: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

ImageAs I posted some months ago, this year has been a year of transition for my family and I.  We’ve recently moved from being in the center of suburbia to the edge of it.  And while my proximity to the woods and mountains of southern California is a definite plus (why, yes, that is an AWESOME view out of my bedroom window–thanks for noticing), I don’t think I completely realized all that a move entailed.  Sure, there was the reservation for our U-Haul, collecting boxes to start packing, getting rid of old stuff in our old place, change of address forms with the Postal Service and then getting amazing friends to help us move on the big day (you know who you are and how rockstarish you really are!).   

But the settling in afterwards has been a bit more of a surprise.  Boxes are all gone now.  The new routine is basically set.  But what I’m realizing is how much to a town one learns over time.  In our previous home, we’d lived in the area for about fourteen years.  The nuances of our town and the surrounding towns—known.  The time it takes to go from home to a certain place—known (more or less given southern California traffic).  In this new place, all of these things—and others—are still being learned, and will continue to be so.  And my Type A is showing in that now that we have been here for six weeks, I should have it altogether and figured out, and tied nicely with a bow.  No, friends, the reality of it is that I’m still learning, and even though the surroundings in the previous home were more known, I was in that state of learning even there.

It’s been a reminder to me that all of us are on a journey—one that provides things to see and learn and adapt to along the way.  God’s desire for us is to press into these places of learning, not cower in fear, utilizing all He gives us to our fullest potential. 

The Apostle Paul put it this way to Timothy: “God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible” (2 Timothy 1:7, The Message).  Boldness that helps us push forward with bravery into the unknown, love that brings patience and margin, and sensibility that gives us reason in making the right decisions. 

Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It took eons, reliance on one’s fellow man and courage.  And moves don’t have to be either.  Wherever your journey has you in transition as of late, take heart, be malleable in your learning and rely on all God provides in the process.  

Remaining Grounded in a World of Ungroundedness

In recent weeks, my extended family has experienced some crazy events that have really left all of us unglued. Some of us are sad. Others are angry. All of us feel frustrated at the situation we’ve been put into.

At first glance, a time like this is one of those times to rip your hair out and scream. Yet, if one can step back a little from our scenario, it’s a time to take a deep breath and seek out where Jesus is moving in the midst of it all. And He’s there. He’s there in the family conversations already had and still to be had. He’s there in the support from friends near and far. He’s there in the gentle reminders that what’s taken place is indeed impactful, yet not defining of who we are. Rather, it’s a reminder to remember who we are in Him as we turn to Him.

It’s a time to remember that our delight is found in the Lord and in His word. It’s a time to remember that our roots are deep, like this tree in Yosemite planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, that whatever we do in the power of the Holy Spirit will prosper. Amen.