That seems to be the theme for my life over the past year… everything from moving to a new country, starting a new job, moving into a couple of new homes, starting a new school, and the list could go on.
As I look back on the last year my life and think of all the change, I can’t help but praise the Lord for how He provides even if it was difficult to see the good in the midst of change. I have come to the realization that we are always going to be in the midst of transition if we are allowing the Lord to move in our lives.
We are not called to be comfortable or complacent, but always moving toward the goal that has been put before us. As I keep moving forward in the unknown, the Lord is always clear that He is the same God that He was yesterday, that He is today and that He is tomorrow. As I start grad school today and lead my first trip to the Dominican Republic this weekend with (un)adopted, I can’t help but laugh because this is nothing what I thought my life would look like at this stage of life. He has exceeded my expectations. Even though a lot of unknown sits before me in the upcoming weeks, I am assured through His word that He will be with me always. I am humbled by the thought that I am never alone even when things are constantly changing. Transition doesn’t always have a good connotation but when you think of it with an eternal perspective we can find great joy in the One who loves us and the One who is always with us, even in the midst of transition. Sometimes it just takes steps of faith, even if it is one small step at a time. I love that we have the word of the Lord to look at people who have gone before us as examples of men and women who have stepped out in faith and obedience. I want to leave you with a passage from Hebrews and an example of Abraham stepping out in faith and obedience.
“ By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:8-16