In the 25 years my husband and I have been married, we have moved a grand total of 18 times! This has not been an unfortunate thing. We have lived in some beautiful places, met some amazing people, and made lifelong friends along the way.
You’d think, after that many moves I’d be an expert or at least learned how to make packing and moving easier. Sadly, all I’ve discovered is that each time, whether I’ve been organized or not, without fail, moving is a pain! No amount of cleaning, gleaning, and preparing ever makes it easy. Although, I do enjoy the satisfaction and freedom that comes from reducing the amount of “stuff” we accumulate.
This last move was one of our most eventful. Next to the time we put everything in storage and moved into an RV. That adventure included our 4 children, a big dog, and on occasion my brother, as we traveled and experienced different places along the West Coast. Did I mention it was for 2 1/2 years? I say this with only the slightest of twitches. In all honesty it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. However that experience is for another day.
I’m all for hiring a moving company, although with this move (and God willing the last one) we had an overwhelming amount of help from our church family. Many amazing people came and worked hard to get our stuff loaded, moved, and unloaded. We had friends from age 9 to 60 working hard! Even after the air conditioner decided to die on that lovely, humid, September day, not a complaint was heard! Although they may have been mumbled. I especially thought it was comical how easily the girls and I got distracted! We would frequently find ourselves standing and chatting, wait, I mean huddled and discussing, our next strategy, while all the guys worked hard hauling furniture and boxes to the truck to play an impressive game of Tetris. Every person who came to help was a huge blessing to us and hopefully the steak dinner that Tim served expressed our gratitude!
Now that we are moved and settling in I am reminded of how loving and faithful our God is!
This entire transition has taken six months and has been filled with setbacks, disappointments, and uncertainty. It has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least! Amazingly, after exercising a great deal of patience, and trust in God’s promises, we closed on our cute little fixer in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The whole experience required a lot of faith!
I love how, without fail, if we are open to seeing it, God shows us that He is working in every situation of our lives. This whole house buying experience for me was no different! Sure, I had hoped and prayed that everything would come together and we would get our home, but it was my pride that prayed those prayers. It wasn’t until I began to pray, “Not my will but Your will Lord, be done” that I began to feel peace in the midst of the whirlwind.
He reminded me that as his daughter, my faith is not in the outcome, but in Him. The Source.
Rebelogix believes that in the Kingdom of Heaven, faith is currency and we are all given a measure of it! How and what we invest our faith currency in is important! As Christians we have put ours in Jesus. We are saved by grace through faith! Faith that believes in His existence and in His trustworthiness to keep His promises!
Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Lauren does a beautiful job of explaining this in her article “Faith is Kingdom Currency“.
Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 about 3 servants who received talents from their master before he left on a trip and what each servant did with the talents given to him. I like to compare the talents to faith, especially with idea that faith is currency in God’s Kingdom. We are all given a measure of faith and we are all given the freedom to do what we want with it. We can invest our faith however or in whatever we think best. Similarly, when we invest our money, we do so hoping to gain a return on that investment. Sometimes there’s a risk involved and a chance we could lose our money. This is what happens when we invest our faith in things other that Jesus. We can lose our faith. Especially when we put it in people and not in Him. The good news is that God can restore what has been lost! As we put our faith in Him we will experience a return, beyond what we could imagine, always, without risk!
Often we hope for a certain outcome. We believe, we pray, and yet the outcome is not what we had hoped for. This is a difficult thing, however, when our faith is in The Source and not the outcome, we can be reassured that He is working it all out! Faith is believing even when we don’t see! Over time, the evidence of our “faith investment” will grow! Similarly, some of our financial investments can take many years to grow. In finance terms it’s called a slow growth yield and this past six months my faith has done just that!
Our faith is not in the healing, the provision, the answered prayer. It’s in God alone. Many of you are experiencing trails and testing far above and beyond the experience of my latest move. But I want to encourage you to place your faith in Jesus and trust in His love, His faithfulness, and His promises. Whether you receive the answers you wanted or not, let your faith remain in The Source.