Saying Goodbye

I love my little home. I’ve painted the walls (rather, my mom has painted the walls), I’ve planted flowers (as well as fresh mint), I’ve had all kinds of people over, and I’ve made friends with my neighbors. 

But in less than two weeks, I’m moving. You’d think it wouldn’t be a big deal—it’s just across town—but it is a big deal. A couple months ago, I was suddenly faced with more than one reason (as well as lots of encouragement) to leave. I didn’t hurry away. I sought counsel. Lots of it. I prayed. I searched the Scriptures. And then it was just time to decide. So I did. I decided to go.

I think it’s the right decision. I don’t know for sure, because I’m not God. I don’t have all the facts. But, it’s decided, and I’m beginning to realize that I can rest easy in His sovereignty. Because I’m His child, I know that whether I made the right decision or not . . . either way He will teach me, lead me, and love me. Because I’m not alone. I’m His.

As I box my books, find homes for the furniture I can’t take with me, and say goodbye to neighbors, I’m deeply encouraged by the truths in Acts 17:26-28a:  

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.

God knew I’d be moving to this new home this month. In fact, He determined from eternity past that that’s exactly where I’d live. And He did it so that I would seek Him. So that I would cling to Him—my Refuge in an ever-changing, insecure world.

When everything in my feminine heart yearns to be deeply rooted and secure . . . I can be. Not in my cute home on the corner, but in Him—in the One who gives me life, the One who is my life.

What circumstances are making you feel insecure or unsettled today? Might it be that this very circumstance is designed so you will seek God? Which one of His promises can you cling to today?

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.

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