Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old Isaiah 43:18
If there is one thing in my life that I have done plenty of, it is moving. As a former military brat you learn not to get accustomed to remaining in one place for too long. You hope that the friends you make and the relationships you build will outlast the promises made to keep in touch and never lose contact. Rooms become empty that were once filled with furniture and laughter, dust begins to settle as a silence sets over the house. Box after box, truck after truck, moving remains the same from one place to the next. It is a new adventure but the feeling of loss remains.
This thought had me thinking about my relationship with the Lord. I wondered what the Lord must feel when “I” try to move on thinking I can handle it on my own? What happens when we try to move from place to place avoiding what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us? How far do we as human beings go to clear the cobwebs from our lives or to fill that empty space in our hearts? How often do we feel that we will never get through the task at hand and should have just remained where we were?
Does not the bible say in John 14:2 that there are many rooms in Gods house and if it were not so He would have told us? As we move through our lives many things are boxed up, cleared out and sometimes forgotten. As the dust settles, our conscious (spirit) tugs at us to remember what happened. Even though we do our best to forget, the reason it comes back up is not to aggravate but to bring to light a lesson to be learned. Looking back on past actions that you have moved on from is considered reflection. The key is not to remain where you reflect. Do not let the dark cloud settle over you while you look back you may become paralyzed by the actions that took place (Gen 19:26). As in Proverbs 3: 5-6 we lean not on our own understanding but in all our ways we acknowledge Him and He will make straight our paths. Moving on does not have to be a chore but a time of reflection, change and praise. We have been carried through to a brighter situation. We may not see it at first, but when we have spent time in the new we find that moving on was not so bad after all. Moving forward brings you into your future, that is always a good thing (Jer 29:11). Moving is also never a solitary action.
Moving is an arduous task to take on alone. I myself have moved several times by myself with children in tow. As I look back on that time in my life, I was never alone. I was going through a trial in my life, divorce etc. but I was sure that God was with me through it all. Like in Phil: 13-14, I don’t consider that I have made it on my own. My, my, my! The things the Lord shows you when the word is reflected in your heart and you look at the things I have experienced, left behind, overcome and achieved…..I can’t say anything except BUT GOD! It reminds in Gen 28:15 that He is with me and will keep me wherever I go…and He will not leave me until he has done what he has promised! I have been provided safety and security no matter where I go. Jesus knows how far the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Now moving through life and circumstances is never a lonely task!
Allow God to move with you and through you in this journey called life!