Preparing to Move.

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. II Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)

Our house is on the market. A for sale sign juts out of the dirt near the curb at the end of our driveway, crowned with the enticing word POOL. The sign looks just like the first one that was-whoops-mangled by the back end of our car while pulling out of the driveway one dark evening. 

In preparation for a move, we’ve either sold or donated our belongings or stored them in boxes in the garage where they await the light of day at a future location.

People often ask, “So where are you moving?”

The answer depends on several factors, but my present thoughts aren’t on where we’ll be hauling our stuff next and the acquisition of a new address. They’re focused on my eternal house, especially on those days when I’ve become overwhelmed by all that’s not working in the world.

Things are failing, broken, dysfunctional, outdated, neglected, aging, perpetually dirty. Didn’t I just clean this bathroom?

Whether or not our house is move-in ready (mind you, it’s not), the effort of human hands to polish this place in order to catch the eye of a potential buyer won’t matter in eternity.

At long last, nothing will need restoration. It’ll be glorious. A perfect home for my resurrected, forever and fully-functioning body.

Enveloped in all that’s not quite right, unfinished, failing, and broken, I’m able to press on so long as my eye stays fixed on God’s building, my eternal house.

But for the duration of my stay here on planet earth, God expects me to adopt a ‘preparing to move’ mentality.

Like Abraham.

Though he’s settled in his country with his family and all his stuff, the Lord said, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Then this: So Abram left, as the Lord had told him. (vs4)

The absence of rebuttal tells me Abraham had the right mindset, a willingness to move on in order to fulfill God’s plan.

So I’m preparing to move all right, but I’ve got my eye on the final destination, a house built by God.

Does the idea of moving from where you are bring excitement or anxiety? How willing are you to pick up and go where and when God calls you? How prepared are you for your eternal destiny? 

Mary

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12 Comments

  1. I’m not a huge fan of moving which is why I stay in one place sometimes longer than I should LOL!

    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

    • Mary Felkins says:

      I’m really not either, Pam. If possible, we’d sell the house, enjoy the profit, and stay put!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Emily Conrad says:

    I struggle with change and was sad when my husband and I moved a couple of years ago, simply to leave the old home even though I liked the new one. We love it here and really appreciate our new-to-us home, now though. Thanks for this reminder to focus on the real home that matters. Sometimes, when things feel off and wrong, I wonder why–why they feel that way–and I think you hit the answer on the head: because this world is not our home. But because of Jesus, we can take heart.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Yeah, I really think we’re just not supposed to curl up here too much. There’s too much work to be done for the Lord, whether we stay or move on. In view of hardships, I’m always encouraged to remember one day our Prince will come!! Thanks, Emily!

  3. Dawn Kinzer says:

    Moving is difficult! I’ve learned that it helps to look at it as an adventure. Twenty-five years ago, because of a job transfer, my former husband and I moved our family from the Midwest (away from family, friends, and church) to the Pacific Northwest. Despite the tough stuff that followed, I’m so glad we did.

    A few years ago, a close friend and her husband made the decision to leave the house they loved because of financial pressures. When the first place they rented didn’t work out, God lead them to another place – which they LOVE! That location has been perfect and a huge blessing – just what they needed for their family.

    God has a plan!

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Whatever the reason for moving, I think it’s hard because we like to settle in, get comfortable, make new friends. But woah to us if we have a death grip on our place and our stuff. God has been good to yank things away, uproot us for greater (unknown) adventures. Appreciate your sharing your own moving journey and God’s greater purpose in it, Dawn.

  4. Margaret says:

    This blog post is definitely on the list to be included in your 52-week devotional! This is not our final home.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Aw, thank you for that! Celebrating with you as we look ahead to perfection and enjoy our eternal house, together forever!

  5. Danielle Cummin says:

    Great words Mary, thank you! We are entertaining the idea of moving and it is both exciting and overwhelming, with knowing all that is involved in moving. It can bring anxiety and uncertainty to the forefront of our minds, but to focus on our eternal home puts it all into perspective and brings feeling s of comfort, hope, and excitement for sure!

    • Mary Felkins says:

      The assurance of knowing where we, as Believers, will eventually end up and rejoice in a perfect & forever house is strength for the journey of unknown. Thanks for stopping in, Danielle!

  6. Linda Meares says:

    I know God has the perfect family for your home. So hard to be patient! Your home has years of memories but you will take those with you wherever you go. Of course your home on earth is not the final destination! God is so good.

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