Moving houses (and seasons)

A couple of weeks ago, my parents bought their first home. It was both an exciting and a sad time for us. Since moving here to New Zealand ten years ago, we have lived in the same house.

The same brick-and-tile house that was very convenient because it was near the college, the beach, and a few cafes.

For ten years.

I liken moving into a new season or an era to that of house-moving.

  1. You have to let some things go. Simply because you don’t need it. Because it will weigh you down. It could occupy a space that was meant to be just that – a space for God to move. Our old fridge is too tall for our new kitchen because of the cupboards above. It works perfectly fine, it has stored our food for six years, and it could probably keep doing so for another six years. But it just doesn’t fit. You have to say goodbye to a lot of things (and sometimes people). Even if it is a perfectly-functioning fridge.

2. You will want to go back to the old season. Even if the old season/house has no insulation and the new one has plenty. Because who doesn’t like what’s familiar? But familiarity will breed complacency. Complacency is cancerous to the Christian faith.

3. Your obedience today sets up tomorrow’s platform for the next generation. We bought a new entertainment unit. And because DIY is in a Kiwi’s DNA, the entertainment unit came flat-packed. So naturally, it’s a Dad-job. This entertainment unit has three empty shelves on top and three drawers on the bottom, and pre-holes for the screws. Dad rushed the job and the drawer-guide-thingy that was meant to be at the bottom now ended up at the top. If it’s confusing you, don’t worry, it confused me, too. My brother and I tried to fix it, without unscrewing the entertainment unit again, and it took us roughly two hours (and a few days of just sitting on the job) to attach the drawer inside. And it wasn’t even probably aligned, so we gave up. What was meant to take an hour (for the whole thing), took waaay longer than it should. Know when to rely on intuition and when to follow instruction, because how you follow instructions now will either benefit or burden those who come after you.

4. Even if you don’t want to move, eventually, you HAVE to. You will know when it’s time to move forward. You will never be too early or too late for your next season.

5. Moving into a new season is a “suddenly” moment. Our God is the God of the “suddenly”, and He loves to surprise His children. The actual movement from point A to point B isn’t a sudden moment, however, when you are meant to move, He will tell you. Suddenly, you know you’re meant to move through.

6. There is always a price to pay. For the Israelites, it was circumcision. For my parents, it was mortgage. For you and I today, it is circumcision …of the heart. It is consecrating yourself to God, letting go of what’s in your hands, so that He can release what’s in His.

7. It is both exciting and scary. And it’s okay. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the one who takes us from season to season, from glory to glory, from mountain to mountain. He who perfects our faith, will walk with us. All the way.

The biggest move that you and I should be most excited above is the one when we move  from Earth to eternity. I know that’s still a long time coming, but eternity echoes of His name, and He calls you and I home.

 

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)

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