For those of you who may not know, I’m moving back to the States in less than four weeks. As my time in England comes to a close, I’ve begun to realize the importance of steady packing.
What I mean by that is when you’ve lived somewhere for nine months, you are bound to have a fair amount of things that need to come back with you. Some new, some old.
So, rather than waiting until the last minute to throw everything chaotically into my suitcases, I’ve decided to pack little by little when I catch a free moment. Things I’m not using such as winter clothes can be folded and packed. Souvenirs for friends, family, and myself can be safely stowed away.
In doing this, I am alleviating my stress in the future. I know God has called me to return to the States, so until my flight, I am showing my obedience by making preparation for what He’s told me to do.
Numbers 9:18 reads, “At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped.”
All God had to do for the people of Israel to obey was speak.
They didn’t come back to Moses to inquire after the Lord saying
“How long are we going to be here this time?”
“Are you sure God wants us to leave right now?”
“Where are we going?”
“Where is He leading us?”
No, we see the people make ready to go at the first sound of the Lord’s movement. They lived in the ready.
Sometimes, brothers and sisters, I think we unpack and make home in a place God tells us is just a season of life. We like the comfort and the newness of the place He has brought us to, and we begin to sink deep into the couch of our comfort, put our feet up, and mute the direction of God.
I know we do this because I am guilty of this myself. Before even coming to England, I knew God had only called me there for a season. But because I fell in love with the church and the community I’d found, I began to quiet the volume of the Lord’s speaking in my heart.
And I wondered why there was discontentment, frustration or stress. It’s because I was moving into a place where God had only called me to visit, to learn.
There’s a tendency in our culture to slip into the known, to find peace in the certain, but God calls us to move when He says move, to walk where He says walk, to go where He says go. And we can’t do that if we’ve unpacked all our belongings and refuse to make efforts to go about the Lord’s business.
Stop turning seasons into phases into fixtures. Be fully present where He has you right now, but also be ready to go where He leads. Don’t be so bogged down by all the stuff in your life that you can’t pick up and move when the Spirit of God prompts.