On the move

Taking a new fork in the road is exciting and scary. You are leaving the familiar and you’re not quite sure what’s ahead.

Two of our children are currently on the move. Our son and daughter-in-law have just moved to a new location and started a new career at a Christian summer camp. Our middle daughter, an Anglican minister, is moving to a different city and a new parish.

How we face change is very important in life. Some of us are timid and fearful. Others relish change.

Our son and Anglican minister daughter are doing what they love. They feel called by God to do what they are doing.

For many people, though, change has been forced on them. Perhaps there are no jobs available where they are and they have to move elsewhere.

But, we believers have help to take us through uncertain times – Jesus. We are told to trust in God, that he knows best and is working things out for our good (Romans 8:28).

Trust in God is a theme running through the Bible.

In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, Abraham leaves home in what is now Iraq because God has told him to go to an undetermined destination. He trusts God and takes his family with him until God tells him where to stop in his new land, Canaan – modern-day Israel.

Abraham’s trust in God is celebrated in Romans 4:3 where the apostle Paul writes that “God counted him as righteous because of his faith”.

The apostle Paul himself lived a life of constant change, seldom putting down roots in any city for any length of time. He was beaten, jailed, threatened with death, sometimes homeless and hungry.

But he could say that, no matter what, he was content (Philippians 4:11).

He adds: “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

Paul, of course, was looking beyond life to a time when he would meet God face-to-face. The trials of life seem less overwhelming when we realize that some day we will be able to see and talk with our loving God.

For me, the great men and women of the Bible who trusted God in the midst of change are an inspiration.

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