That’s the number of times my husband and I have moved in seven years.
It’s about to be four. Which guarantees that there will be a fifth in a couple years.
That number makes me cringe because I hate moving. I grew up moving a lot. From one town to the next. Never having a place to call home for any length of time. I have mastered the art of packing boxes.
I definitely did not expect my married life to go this route. Thankfully, we have been able to stay in one town but we have had some bad luck when it comes to our rentals. Bad housing, bad landlords, you name and we’ve dealt with it at some point.
A year and a half ago we moved into a beautiful house after many years of cramped quarters with 2 toddlers and a baby. We had been looking for a house for over a year. God made us wait and wait and wait. Finally, our dream house came up onto the rental market and within 4 days we packed up our townhouse and moved into a nice spacious house. Life was great for a few month. We knew the owner wanted to sell and we were eager to tell her that we wanted to buy as soon as we were able to.
Fast forward a year and a half. The landlord wants to sell but we can’t buy just yet being new business owners. She doesn’t want to wait. So we are being forced to move, again.
From the dream house. A house we’ve dreamt about renovating. A house that we’ve loved living in. A house that’s perfect for our family.
And to be honest, it hurts. There have been some tears. Frustration and anger. It’s going to be a hard move for us.
To make matters worse there are basically no good options on the rental market. So as we face a season of uncertain times, wondering how God is going to make this work, we wait. Again.
I’ve been asking God why a lot. And frankly, we may not get an answer to that question anytime soon. And that is perfectly okay.
We know that God is in control.
He has always provided us. For whatever reason, He’s having us move for a fourth time to a house that isn’t going to be as good what we have now.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Our study in Ecclesiastes has been the perfect timing for me personally. The truths we are studying out are exactly what I need today. Isn’t He amazing like that?
God is a faithful guide and His Word provides us with such comfort. This week as I’ve struggled to deal with the upcoming move, then I read this verse. And it reminded me how God truly does come through for us. He turns our sadness into joy. He turns our ashes in beauty. He binds up the brokenhearted. He puts us through hard times so that we can be more like Him. He always has a purpose for whatever season He brings us and it’s our job to trust what He’s doing.
Maybe you are in the middle of a season of not understanding God’s will in your life. Maybe you’re struggling with God’s direction or call in your life. Maybe you’re lacking the trust that you need in order to step out in faith to whatever He has called you to. Just because we don’t understand His will today doesn’t mean that it won’t become clear to us later.
He isn’t going to fail us. He isn’t going to leave us. Nothing is too hard for Him to handle. Maybe that’s what we need to start realizing and let go of the worry, stress, and frustration that’s consuming us.
God is going to make your situation beautiful.
He’s going to make my situation beautiful. He’s a loving God. When we look at our circumstances with this outlook, we can feel the peace that passeth all understanding as we eagerly anticipate just how He is going to make it beautiful.
I know I can’t wait for that ‘ah-ha’ moment when we see just why God told us it was time move. It’ll come because it has come from every other situation we’ve been through.
Isn’t it amazing to see the handiwork of God in our lives? How He orchestrates everything?
It’s time to let go of the control, to sit in the passenger seat and simply enjoy the ride.
God will calm all your fears if you let Him.
Don’t give up on your faith. Wait for the beauty. It’ll come.
Your turn! Are you in a situation where you are struggling to understand God’s will? How are you handling it? Let’s talk in the comments below!
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