I always like to share Abraham and Sarah’s story with women who have moved or are moving. They are our “moving mentors.” Not only can we identify with Sarah, but by observing Abraham, we can learn valuable lessons that will equip us for any journey. The Lord had said to Abraham, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). “And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).
By faith, Abraham obeyed God and set out on a thousand-mile journey through a hostile environment to an unknown land, with nothing but a promise awaiting him at the end of the trip.
He demonstrated his faith in God by moving.
He experienced detours, disagreements, and discouragement along the way. Through it all, Abraham held on to his faith and the promises of God.
What step of obedience and act of faith is God calling you to take?
Abraham responded to God’s command, and he learned from the experience. God took Abraham on a journey of obedience, faith, trust, and hope.
Obedience. Abraham didn’t react to going; he responded to going. He didn’t react by getting upset, arguing, and being negative. His response was to obey and just do it! Abraham sought to do God’s will, not his own will. When you really don’t want to go, it’s so difficult to respond with a positive attitude and with enthusiasm when the transfer comes or the new job means relocating.
But it is a choice we make—a choice to rebel or obey, to walk with God or walk away from God.
Faith. Abraham’s faith was in the promises of God and in knowing that God would fulfill His promise. It takes a lot of faith to face the unknown. But what a comfort it is to know that God promises not to leave us or forsake us. (See Deuteronomy 31:8.) My faith is wrapped around God’s promises in Scripture. I’ve traveled down many roads reciting my favorite Scripture verses and holding on to nothing more than God’s promises.
Trust for provision. Abraham knew God would cover all the details if he would simply trust Him. When our house in Georgia didn’t sell, I had to trust that God was in control. When nothing went according to plan, I had to trust that God had everything figured out. I had to have faith that God was working through all the details of all my moves.
It’s in that moment of complete surrender and trust, when you truly let go and let God take over, that your life takes a new direction.
Hope for the future. Abraham had great hope for tomorrow and for God’s plan to be fulfilled. With each move, my heart held new hope—hope for our future, our dreams, our plans. That hope became part of my persevering spirit. I know it’s hard to leave everything behind and move to a place that is unknown. But, never lose hope in what God is capable of doing through this transition in your life.
These principles from the lives of Sarah and Abraham are timeless. When they are applied to your own life, they will equip you for any journey you will ever encounter.”
3 Steps to Survive a Move
Maybe you are where I have been: grieving over leaving family and friends, concerned about a broken relationship or the stress on your marriage, worried about your children’s adjustment, confused about knowing which doctor to call, wondering where to find the right church, or simply overwhelmed by all the tasks to be done. It can be mind-boggling.
Over thirteen moves I learned biblical principles and practical actions that not only helped me let go and start over, but also moved me closer to Christ. I’ll be sharing these valuable insights with you in this book, along with the three-step process I had used not only to survive, but thrive through transition. If it helped me, it can help you as well. Those three steps are:
- Let go
- Start over
- Move forward
This wisdom is captured from Chapters 1 & 2 of After the Boxes are Unpacked, newly revised and expanded, by Susan Miller of Just Moved Ministry. Susan has blessed thousands of women with stories and lessons from her 14 relocations. Learn more about Susan’s ministry at www.justmoved.org and get your copy of After the Boxes are Unpacked wherever Christian books are sold.
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