We have been in our new home about 6 months now. I can still recall the various emotions that were involved during this time. Our other house was built by my husband and our first home as a family. We had so many wonderful memories there. It was difficult to even think about putting the house on the market. However, property just down the road from my family came up for sale last spring and we put in an offer. The offer was accepted right away. We hated the thought of not being able to utilize all of this glorious land daily. So, the decision was made to put the house up for sale and build on the new property.
Anyone that has moved in their life knows that before you ever move you have to pack everything. This was certainly a daunting task with seven people in our household. As I packed up the boxes and the walls became bare, it was hard to focus on what was awaiting us at the new property. I kept thinking of what we were leaving, significantly, the familiar. Sure the new property looked great and the thought of building a house together and making all the decisions down to where the outlets and light switches were to be placed was exciting. However, there were a lot of unknowns. The boys would be attending a new school and have to make new friends. We had no idea what our utilities and taxes would be. On more than one occasion, Mitch and I would ask each other if this was really a good idea. We were comfortable where we were and didn’t want to take that step of faith closer to the new and unknown.
The same was true for the Israelites when they were leaving Egypt and came upon the Red Sea. This is seen in Exodus 14:12-15,
“Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
Even as bad as being a slave in Egypt was for the Israelites, they wanted to return to what they knew. They wanted to go back. Moses didn’t think that they should go back, he felt they should simply stand still and wait for the deliverance of the Lord. This is true in some instances. However, the Lord said for them to “move on.”
It is so easy to stand still or go back to what is familiar. However, you will never get to your “promise land” if you don’t take that step of faith. God has big things in store for each one of us. However, those blessings will not be realized if we never get moving to our “promise land”.
Now I am not saying that everyone out there needs to sell their home and move. I am simply saying that you need to get with God through studying His word and prayer and find out what He wants you to do. It may very well be that you need to “move on” to what He has in store for you. It will not necessarily be easy, but God promises to be beside you every step of the way.