Have you ever gone kicking and screaming to a new neighborhood, a new Duty Station? (Maybe not literally…well maybe literally 😉).
Sometimes just the thought of moving can be crippling. Consider the many components involved in a permanent move. Among them include the need to establish new relationships for the mundane to the most important…new primary care providers, dentist, hairstylist or barber, ophthalmologist, church community, babysitter, barista, grocer, and most importantly, friends. It can be a daunting, life altering, and even a painful process.
Sometimes we move to a new area with little affinity for the new location and total confidence that we will be miserable in the new place. 👀
Surely you don’t fully know what land or the nature of the place you will walk into but God would have made provision for you there. God always, always makes provision. The difficult part after physically moving and unpacking, is getting comfortable and making the new area your home.
Abram, (before God changed his name to Abraham Gen. 17: 5), was accustomed to being with his nephew Lot. They traveled together, worked alongside each other, and their families grew in relationship. Abram and Lot’s individual way of life was closely intertwined. But one day things dramatically changed. It became painfully obvious that Abram and Lot needed to separate. I imagine it was a difficult decision for both men and maybe also uncomfortable for their families and their helpers. The separation however, was necessary. Perhaps their families were nervous, worried, and largely apprehensive about their impending move. A move signified a change from the known to the unknown. But Abram trusted God. He didn’t waver, he did not attempt to bargain with God. Instead, he moved in obedience.
“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.” Genesis 13:14-18 KJV
Abram moved solely by faith and worshipped at the completion of his move. Imagine if we changed our posture from moving in fear, anxiety, and apprehension. And instead moved given a posture of faith and full confidence in a loving God. And finally, what if we engaged in worship when we arrived at our new location, our new Duty Station? Because the reality is, God is the one who determines where you go and how long you stay. (Let that sink in for a moment.)
Consider this Scripture: “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,” Acts 17:26 ESV
Woah! Can you believe that is in the Scripture? I was floored- astonished when I read it. God actually determined where I should be. He placed me here? How could it be? So even before I show up at a new location my presence is anticipated. God has worked out and walked out my path. For this girl who is a planner, that takes a whole lot off of my shoulder.
Then this verse came to my remembrance: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalms 37:23 NLT
There is a great deal of hope, confidence, and assurance knowing that God directs my steps down to every detail of my life. God cares so much about me. He cares so much about you such that even the minor details of your life are on His radar. He tracks everything and also delights in them. What a great reason to look up rather than dragging your feet and shaking your head in disbelief during and after a relocation. You actually can face it, survive, and thrive through it.
Today, tomorrow, or in a short while, whenever you face the necessity of relocating, look up. Look up with full confidence that God made provision. Look up knowing that He anticipated and will facilitate your move. Look up knowing that the Sovereign God, the Great I AM knows exactly what you need, when you need it.
So walk in confidence, with full anticipation, and great expectation to your new location. Walk joyfully with the peace of God. And most importantly, when you arrive and establish your new home, Remember to WORSHIP!
Dr. Reneé A. Foyou
Reneé loves to listen to, document, and share individual life stories. She is also very passionate about journeying with couples and individuals to relational wellness. Intercessory prayer is an integral part of her work. She enjoys teaching, speaking, counseling, coaching, mentoring, conducting research, and writing.
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