We are in the process of moving my mother from the home she and my father built — and then lived in — since 1967. For my two younger sisters, it is really the only house they have ever known. For my brother and I, it is the house that holds the most memories — and now that we are all helping her move — a lot of stuff.
Moves may be exciting, but they are also challenging. In many cases, because of the circumstances, you can’t take everything with you, which means culling through all your belongings and deciding what goes and what doesn’t.
And this is hard because it is tough to let go of our stuff. Our stuff makes us feel secure. Our stuff makes us comfortable. Our stuff has a lot of memories.
Our stuff owns us.
So moving requires us to leave our comfort zone and much of what makes us feel secure, and venture into something and somewhere new. It requires trust.
I am drawn to the stories of “moving” in the Bible, whether God commanded (as in Abraham to Canaan) or God directed (as in Moses to Jethro’s or Joseph to Egypt). Most left with very little if anything of their former life except their trust in God, but that trust brought great rewards.
Many of us are not currently contemplating a physical move, but God is always asking us to move spiritually forward, and as with a physical move, sometimes it is just tough to get rid of things that bring us comfort and security but at the same time own us.
Is God nudging you to move forward? Away from one “place” and to another? Are there things in your spiritual life that “own” you that God is asking you to leave behind?
Are you being asked to trust? Do it!