October 03, 2013I have a friend who has spent years following her husband back and forth across the country for his job. They bounced back and forth between Virginia and California for nearly 20 years. Finally they were able to settle in Georgia. Three of her four daughters were able to complete their high school careers there. The fourth will enter the same school upon her completion of eighth grade in the spring.
Each time her family had been faced with a move they had to struggle with a variety of challenges: where to live, where to shop, where the kids will go to school, the list is never ending. It's a constant guessing game for her when her husband's job presents them with those orders to move, taking them back and forth between coasts.
I remember when they moved to the small town in Georgia where they currently live and how worried she was about the quality of the school systems, whether or not they could find good medical care there and even about the size of the town itself.
Who would have guessed six years ago when she so dreaded moving, how much she and her family would love their life in that tiny coastal town?
They have all become embedded in the community, attending Friday night football games at the high school, leading Sunday School classes at her church and supporting the local charities through volunteering for pretty much everything under the sun.
Change is inevitable in this life we live here on Earth. Each and every time her family had to move I remember talking to her on the phone, reassuring her that everything in her life was just going according to God's plan and all she had to do was go with it.
My favorite verse from the Bible has always been Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Every time she and I have one of those conversations I always remind her to read Jeremiah 29:11 and that as long as she can remember that verse she will do just fine. After we hang up the phone I always pray for God to show her the path He has planned for her. God never lets me down because He does have a plan for each and every one of us.
Sometimes we just have to slow down from our busy lives and take a moment to remember that He knows those plans for us and that no matter what life throws at us He will always be there to cradle us in his loving embrace.
With each change in my friend's life she persevered, as have her husband and children. While the girls dreaded moving to a town of 15,000 when they left California for that last time, they can no longer imagine calling anywhere else home. They all have a ton of friends. My friend's home has once again become the one house on the block where all the neighborhood kids gather on a Saturday afternoon, swimming, suntanning or just hanging out.
She knows that things will continue to change and evolve with every day. Two of her girls have gone off to college; one will graduate in May of 2014. The baby of the family starts high school next year, boyfriends come and go and eventually those beautiful daughters of hers will get married and start families of their own. Change, change and more change.
While change is difficult, we can all rest assured though, because as the Bible says God knows his plans for each of us, we just have to be brave enough and to see His guidance in our lives.
When faced with the dread that oftentimes comes with change, we should think about, Jeremiah 29:11 and how belief in those words can help us through the difficult times in our lives. We should pray for guidance and for our Lord to show us our path and then take that leap of faith necessary to forge ahead. He has plans for us and if we follow those plans everything will be just fine.