It seems like everything I pick up to read lately is talking about moving or saying goodbye. I’m still in the middle of the Bible study, “No Other Gods”- yes I’m slowly taking my time- and this weeks lesson is called “Good Goodbyes”. Stacie also sent me a book to read called, “After the Boxes are Unpacked”. Both have been so good for me right now!
We are now in an “in between” place. Everything is packed (and sitting in a storage lot in California) and our house and furniture sold. Most of our time now is spent absorbing our last moments as residents of South Carolina and saying our goodbyes to all of our family and friends here. It has been a good time for me to prepare emotionally for the move. I want to be ready to embrace the new challenges ahead without feeling like I have to tie up “emotional” loose ends in my heart and in my mind. After reading and studying these things, I thought I’d share what has spoken to me this week.
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“Cherish the past, Cling to what IS”.
I love both of these thoughts. This frees me from the guilt of moving on. I have loved every moment of our time in Charleston, serving at Northwood, and the memories of family and friends, BUT… if I sit and dwell on what was here or compare the two, I will miss out on what God has for us there.
I feel like we are on the brink of something bigger than ourselves. I can’t wait to dive head first into it!