We made it! We survived the move and are now getting settled in at our new place...well sort of.
See, here's the thing. Like every other place we have ever lived, this one is also temporary. The apartment we just move out of was where we have lived the longest (2 years); every other place has been roughly a year or less. Same with this new house...we will be here roughly a year and then we get to pack it all up and move on to another adventure.
Do you think we're crazy? Because, seriously, sometimes (like this weekend) I do!
Why is it that God keeps us moving around, not ever really feeling settled in a place? It seems like just the time we start to get that "comfortable" feeling, He moves us. At our apartment we were just getting to really know some of the neighbors and feel like we were "at home" and God placed this house in our path. Believe me, we didn't go easily! We were basically kicking and screaming. We originally said, "no" when the opportunity presented itself, but as time went on, God kept bringing it back to us to "reconsider" and we kept saying no. We didn't have a peace until we said, "yes" to what He had for us.
So why would we not want to move from our tiny 2-bedroom in a bad part of town to a 3-bedroom (with a huge kitchen/living space) in one of the nicest neighborhoods in a local suburb? Honestly, it required more faith. Seems strange, I know. But, here's the deal. We could have basically stayed at the apartment indefinitely. With this house, we have exactly 1 year until we know we will have to move again. To where? We don't know! Staying at the old place would have been more comfortable because we knew (or thought we knew) that we could still be there for the next few years. No packing, no moving, no finding a new place, no need to trust God with that area of our lives.
So this move, is a step of faith.
It is a season.
It is the next step our family needed to take to be moved out of our comfort zone, because honestly we felt more comfortable in an urban setting than we do in a suburban one. (I know that is strange in our cultural context).
Here we are...trying to live in this moment (and not get frustrated thinking that everything I am unpacking will go back in the boxes at this time next year). We don't know where God will take us from here, but we know we can trust him. Besides, this move wasn't nearly as crazy as moving to Africa was! :)