When was the last time you moved? Are those not some of the most stressful times in life?
I remember our move here to Florida from Texas a couple years ago. Moving half across the country with a pregnant wife during the heat of the summer with two toddlers in tow is not easy. Just thinking about all the sorting, packing, loading, driving, unpacking, unsorting, and putting everything in the right place- it makes me tired! There’s the stuff that doesn’t fit in the truck, the clothes that don’t fit anymore that probably should be left behind, sentimental things that should probably be let go, and then stuff that is broken – or gets broken- that is a total loss. There are the pizza bribes for the loaders and unloaders, the expenses involved in renting the truck, and just the physical exhaustion that comes with all this activity. Don’t forget, of course, all the stress involved with selling the old place and buying a new home.
Having to say goodbye to friends, family, and the familiar is hard. You have to build new friendships, meet new neighbors, learn new street names, and find new things to do. I still miss going to Texas Ranger games, eating at Braum’s, Raising Canes, I miss my favorite coffee shop in Irving Bible Church- I miss being a “stone’s throw” from the warm and loving home of my parents and where I grew up. Maybe you can relate.
You have to have a really good reason to move to make it all worth it. New job, new opportunity, perhaps a closed door in the rear view mirror… It is hard, but it often comes at a high cost. We sometimes have to take deliberate steps of faith in pursuit of the unknown- and the new adventures God has for us.
This Sunday we are looking at perhaps the Ultimate move of all time. When God spoke to Abram, asking him to leave his home, his family, and the familiar and didn’t even give him the destination. You want to talk about faith! Abram is an inspirational example that still speaks to us today.
No matter what you are going through- what the future holds for you- things that you may leave behind from the past- God has an exciting future for you! message for you from Hebrews 11:8-16 this Sunday.
Please join us either online or in person at Christ Community Church at 10:15 am, as we study the story of Abraham in Hebrews 11:8-16. As we learn from his story, we can be inspired regarding how we can live by faith today.
-Pastor Nathan Rice