The packing has begun! How is it possible that I am sitting among boxes and bubble wrap again!? It was only 8 months ago that we reduced our household to a 16 foot moving truck and traversed 2,000 miles to start a new life in a new location...and now, we're packing again!
I'll admit, there are about a zillion ways in which this move is easier. For starters, we're only moving about 2 miles away instead of 2,000. And most of all, we're not bidding a tearful good-bye to an entire lifestyle and community of people and places we hold dearly in our hearts. I'm soooo glad I (please, Lord) never have to do that again.
But, as we settled in to our little abode, we've managed to accumulate plenty of stuff that now has to be sorted, piled, boxed, and moved. The process of carrying our life two miles down the road is more annoyance than anything else. Lucky for me, as a mother of two little ones, I've been mastering the art of inconvenience for a while now.
After weeks of explaining that "packing up and moving" did not equal "saying goodbye to the life you know" to my daughters, we're finally on an upswing of understanding what this stressful time is all about. This is all a MAJOR UPGRADE for us, and one that kind of blindsided us suddenly with an avalanche of blessing. While we're not gaining much square footage, we're adding a big yard (fenced!) to our lives, as well as an additional room that will promptly be turned into go-yell-and-scream-in-there-and-play-until-you-drop-toyland space. Yes, I can't wait until my girls get their little play room (which means that yes, they will still be sharing a bedroom.)
All this to say, our lives have been turned a little upside down for the time being, but in a wonderful way. The chaos reminds us that not only do we not know what the future holds, but we don't know what blessings are around the bend either. God is always working behind the scenes for our good and His glory, and I don't want this crazy time to distract me from the fact that this is a ridiculous GIFT that I can't wait to use however God allows.
I'm praying for God to really show us how this home and space can be used to benefit others, how we can appropriately and cheerfully get to know our neighbors, and for God to reveal how this whole shebang fits into His plan for our life as a family. Buying a house was surprisingly one of the least stressful events of my life, and I never thought something so major could go so smoothly. Clearly, God has plans for this move that are bigger than anything a Medium Uhaul Box could ever contain.
I'm placing our belongings into boxes, taping them up, awaiting the move this weekend that will forever shape the course our family takes. But, as I sift through our stuff, I want to remain focused on the unseen, and I pray that this process helps mold me into the homeowner that represents more than someone who just pays a mortgage each month. I don't know what all is in store for us in our new little neighborhood two miles down the road...but, one thing is for certain. It's not the distance travelled that changes your life, it's the willingness to be moved that makes the difference.
Move me, Lord.