Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 31, 2011

Moving Day

Moving Day

The Penske truck is now fully loaded, the house is a mess, and one room in particular is strangely different. In other words, moving day has come once again to our household. Tomorrow we pull out and head to Raleigh where Karla will soon start classes at NC State University.

Yet while my husband and I have lived 36 years of the 37 years in the same house in the same town, moving is not something new to our household. We helped our children in various moves from college, in and out of dorm rooms, to other places to live, and back home again. We helped them move from childhood bedrooms to apartments, from apartments on one side of town to the other, and between apartments in the same complex. With each move, there is always a story to tell and even with all the hard work, there is usually a good measure of laughter – as well as a few bittersweet tears.

While this move in itself promises to be no different, the step that Karla is making with this move is quite different from previous moves she has made. This move represents a major decision she has made to resign her job and go back to school. In today’s economy and job market, this was not an easy decision to make. In fact, any list of pro’s and con’s would probably stack up against the decision she made. But as I’ve watched Karla struggle with this decision over the past couple of years, as well as the amount of work she put into completing necessary course work at a local school so she could transfer to NC State as a junior, I have to admit that I admire her commitment and dedication.

It is one thing to make a decision and quite another to work to accomplish it. Karla has worked full-time while taking a demanding load of classes, often traveling a 30-mile round trip twice daily in order to manage her work schedule around her classes. When she was having difficulty, she sought tutorial help once or twice weekly and traveled about 20 miles in the opposite direction. Once Karla made the decision to go back to school and pursue another career track, she has remained faithful to the work it has required.  

As I thought about Karla’s hard work and commitment, I thought about decisions I have made in my life. One decision, in particular, was when I resigned my job as a young mother to become a stay-at-home mom. Many people at the time didn’t understand my decision. I had a good job. There were family members who could care for my babies. Two-income families were quickly becoming the norm as well as practically necessary in order to make ends meet. Yet I felt this was something I had to do. I prayed about my decision and felt I was doing what God wanted me to do.  

We are often confronted with decisions in our life that are not easily discerned. What is right for one person may not be right for another. How do we go about making decisions like these? The writer of Proverbs tells us: “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established” (Proverbs 16:3). This verse assures us that if we seek to honor God with our lives and trust our decisions to Him that He will establish our thoughts. Then, instead of worrying about all of the “what ifs” and being preoccupied with all our problems, we can concentrate on the work we have to do.

Recently, I have been reading about some of the kings of Judah in the Old Testament. The following phrase often characterized some of their reigns: He “did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.” Many of these kings – Joash, Amaziah, Uzziah, for examples – began their reigns earnestly seeking and following the Lord, yet impressive victories early in their reigns were followed by failure and defeat because they failed to continue to wholly follow Him (see 2 Chronicles 24-26). They allowed other people and things to influence their decisions rather than following the Lord.

The most important decision any of us can ever make is to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Once that decision is nailed down, all other choices and decisions we make hinge on our commitment to Him. The psalmist tells us: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5). What peace we can have when we commit our decisions to God, knowing that He will work things out. The ultimate victory is not dependent on our abilities, but upon God’s faithfulness.

I’m proud of Karla’s commitment and excited for this new chapter in her life. I’m praying that in the days ahead, especially on those difficult days when things may be tough, that she will continue to commit her way to the Lord and trust in Him for guidance and direction. It is in that place of trust and wholehearted commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ that we can joyfully “dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3).

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