A few months ago, my husband and I decided we were simply too far away from our children and grandchildren. We put the house on the market, and it sold within twenty-four hours. And so, a whirlwind of activity has transpired to get ready for our big move in a few days’ time.
We liked a lot of things about the South—particularly, its warm winters and abundant sunshine. We had moved here out of necessity due to my chronic lung issues. Those are much improved. But our hopes of being able to travel just didn’t materialize. With the cost of living, our budget couldn’t handle frequent trips north to see the family.
There is a time to stay and time to go. And God impressed upon us the time had come to go.
Although we were not in bondage as were the children of Israel, I have thought a great deal about the Exodus. Leaving Egypt sometimes takes the mighty hand of God. We have sensed his smile on our decision and believe he had placed the desire in our hearts. We have seen obstacles disappear in the forefront of God’s interventions. We believe he has equally worked to arrange our lives in our anticipated new environment.
Change, even God-ordained change, is not easy.
There are intense labors and challenges that come with the transition from here to there, especially during the in-between, the period of transition. We are in one place at a given point in time. Then, we’ll be in another place at a different point in time. We are grateful to leave here and look forward to there. The in-between rattles our patience and evokes our deepest fears.
As soon as their backs were against the wall, the Israelites quickly forgot the miracles that had bought their freedom. While they were happy to leave Egypt and looked forward to their new home across the Jordan, the in-between caused them to lose sight of the reason they left and robbed them of their joy, so much so they longed to return to the land that had enslaved them.
We are quick to condemn the Israelites. But, aren’t we as easily disheartened during the in-between times of our journeys?
We’ve been sent a few curves during this transition process, events that made us question God’s timing or even our decision to leave here and go there. The details involved in leaving one place to live in another have weighed on our minds. We are tired of eating off paper plates and being without certain conveniences.
Faith is always strong when the miracles drip, like grapes from the vine. Belief is harder when the path leads through stone pathways.
We stepped back to remember how much God had helped us thus far. “This move is a blessing,” I said. “We need to embrace the adventure and trust that God has everything in-between under control as much as he has engineered the here to there.
What journey has God put before you? Remember that the God of here and there is also the God of the in-between. The God who brings you from slavery to the Promised Land also stands ready to part the Red Sea.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13 – 14 NIV).