My husband and I decided to make the move to California together. Honestly, if I had pulled out the brakes and said that I didn't want to go - that right there would have ended the conversation. But, it was one of those opportunities that only come once in a life time.
We weren't looking to move. We were happy and content in Michigan. We were part of a church plant that we loved, we had most of our family either in town or within driving distance. Sundays mostly consisted of church, our kids playing with our dear neighbor's kids, and family dinners. Our weekdays consisted of regular Bible Studies for my husband, cub scouts, and my lifeline of a Girl's Night that was in its 11th year.
Everything, well besides a new baby and some other expected changes was going to stay pretty much the same.
God had something else in mind, though. I still don't know what it is. I find myself questioning it here and there. Is this the right thing? Did we make a mistake? Were we being stupid to leave something so good?
My husband mentioned to someone that we'd moved from Michigan the other day. Their response was, "Oh wow! Why'd you do that?! You came from the promised land!"
It kind of took us aback. Just a comment, but so much emotion has come into play with this move that it kind of stung - just a bit.
California is gorgeous. The trip out here was phenomenal. I don't think I've ever seen so much beauty in one trip before. It was an experience I'll never forget. The mountains, the desert, the winding roads, the cities. If you've never driven across the country, please do. Just once. You won't regret it.
A week or so before we left Michigan we went to breakfast as a family. There was a gentleman sitting behind us who kept glancing in our direction. Shortly before we took our leave he made a comment about the fact that we had five children. One topic led into another. We found out he was a pastor. We told him that we homeschool and we ended up mentioning we were moving to California. "Wow! That's going to be quite the transition for a big homeschooling family." he remarked. A lot of people had made this comment so we smiled and nodded. That's when he went a little further saying, "That's good though. We can become self-seeking when we're too comfortable."
We were very comfortable in our last home. We had everything we needed. In some ways (for me anyway), I think atrophy had set in. Besides the expected, nothing was prompting me to grow. The thing about moving, leaving what we know is that it involves growth.
God commanded many people to leave the place where they were and each time it spurred transformation.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews says: "Let my people go so that they may worship me." - Exodus 9:1
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." - Matthew 16:24
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you." - Genesis 12:1
Moses, the disciples, Abraham, and Jonah too of course. Each time huge changes took place. Life changing transformation. He never prefaces the moves with, "It will be easy." He never says that it will be comfortable. He shows us where we are to go in order to find Him which is the purpose of this life anyway.
Growth, change, and life with Christ.
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18