At the time of this writing, I’m just 3 days away from finally moving my family to beautiful Charleston, SC. Our home in Greenville has been leased and we have secured a nice place to rent in “Chucktown”. The UHaul is reserved, utilities are set to transfer to our renters, and the newspaper delivery has been canceled. I am a little nervous about driving a big truck carrying everything I own, but I will forge on.
This move, while shorter in distance than our big move from Phoenix, AZ, it still feels like a very big move! We have been waiting and praying for this move for nearly 8 months… in that time, I have learned so much:
– A whole new level of patience; God does what He wants, when He wants. I’m still learning that I need to trust Him with EVERYTHING… and that He cares about absolutely EVERY detail of our lives. I may not have full grasp of this yet, but I’m closer than I ever have been.
– A whole new appreciation for my wife; She really is my better half. She keeps me balanced. She makes me want to be a better person. She has put up with so much in these two moves… and after all of these years, she still loves me. I do not deserve this woman.
– A new appreciation for God’s people; I have been in and around churches for many years, and sadly, I have been hurt by many who claim to follow Christ… in my new job, in my new city, I have been treated with mind-blowing kindness and immeasurable blessings! My new friends have provided places to stay, meals, and shoulders to lean on in my moments of loneliness… and now they’re offering to meet us at the new place to move our stuff in… there seems to be no end to their kindness!
– A great deal of appreciation for my new network of friends near and far (bloggers, tweets, and others) that have prayed for us and encouraged us at every turn of the calendar. You people have shown that the (C)hurch is bigger than any building can ever contain.
– Gratitude; If I can sum up all that I have learned into one word, this would be it. I am grateful beyond words…
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. — (Isaiah 55: 8-9 NLT)
What “season” are you in… and what are you learning from it?