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Rooted in New Opportunity

Opportunity is coming.

Packing boxes, movers tallying, messes to be cleaned, and paperwork to be stored in locked spaces is all on the menu. Flight across the blue expanse of ocean, canyons of grandeur below, passing cities and new runways to skit across are soon to behold.

New state, new house, new church, new friends, and all the new opportunities are coming. If the newness seems so exciting, why are tears starting to be shed and heartbreak on the horizon? We want to break the ties of what use to be fresh and have permeated into our beings to allow something different to take root. The heart is just a little stuck to the home we created and now must break from for the sake of work, God’s calling, and the chance to flourish elsewhere.

I have been asking for the next season, a whole new stage to dance on. This move was already set into motion but only now do I tremble with the sadness of taking flight away from the place that allowed me to first spread my wings.

Recently encouraged to look for opportunity, I can embrace this new thing with stress on what may just be waiting for me or my family ahead. Something fabulous, life changing, and God honoring is there in the wings no matter the trepidation I have been feeling. I just sometimes don’t like the transition and the loss that comes along with it.

I have been here before, in this very spot of list making, purging of piles of craft supplies and paperwork. Broken furniture that we squeezed one more use from now sits on the curb and workbooks from the younger version of my teenager have found their way to the dump. My heartstrings are pulled a bit, but my treasures go with me, in person and in my heart.

Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

As we change addresses and circles of influence, we do have something that remains. We have roots in faith and hope in the Lord’s mercies. We stay grounded despite the changing landscape and faces. God creates new moments, new hopes to grow us and strengthen our walk with Him. His sovereign reign allows us to be reassigned at times, while keeping us planted in faith.

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I have hope. It’s tough every time this season approaches, but growth always comes along with it. If my world didn’t keep changing, the way God molded me wouldn’t look quite the same. His plans are greater than mine no matter how hard transitions may be. For now, I will trust and hope and find some joy in the ride.

 

10 thoughts on “Rooted in New Opportunity

  1. A new stage to dance on, I know the feeling. every step I have taken has had its moments, but the Lord is certainly worth it.

  2. “My heartstrings are pulled a bit, but my treasures go with me, in person and in my heart.” I know what you mean. Early in our marriage we moved cross country several times. Each place we made friends and each place God taught us some things. We’ve now been at the same house for over 20 years. Not sure if we’ll move again…. Blessings to you!

  3. These words give a fresh perspective on the scary aspects of change: “I have hope. It’s tough every time this season approaches, but growth always comes along with it.” Thanks for the reminder that we grow as we open ourselves up to new opportunities. As we are needing to declutter and downsize before moving at some point in the future, it’s reassuring to hear how you have approached the process. Blessing on your move!

  4. Endings and beginnings go hand in hand. Sometimes it’s reassuring and scary at the same time. Thanks for the reminder to look to the steadfast and unchanging love and presence of God. <3

  5. Oh, those transitions! They do stretch us, challenge us, scare us, excite us, mold us! Through them all though, we can hold fast to the one who is in control of all the transitions of life! Wishing you God’s blessings as you step into this new opportunity!

  6. Isn’t it wonderful – and so comforting – to know that whatever changes (prepared for or otherwise) that lie ahead….we have our roots. Firm and steadfast. All of God’s blessings on your upcoming move! I think it sounds exciting!!

  7. We just made a huge transition from farm (our home of 30 yrs) to a downtown flat in a city. Every part of the change has been incredibly good!

  8. Haunting, the way you said that, that the treasures go with you in your heart.

    I can feel it coming,
    yet another journey
    but from it I am running
    ’cause it’s to eternity.
    I ain’t afeared to die;
    that’s not a gunman’s way.
    Jes’ think I’m gonna try
    to not do it today.
    But Jesus’ gonna catch me,
    He does run pretty fast
    an’ we’ll share a vict’ry
    lap on Earth – our last.
    The hand in hand, up through the sun
    to the New Jerusalem.

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