We live in Wisconsin right now, but we are not “settled” here. If the phone were to ring tomorrow with an offer on the other end to move somewhere else, as long as it wasn’t heading to an even colder climate, we’d be packing within minutes. If it meant heading north, well we’d probably have to put a fleece outside the door first.
It’s not that my husband and I are unhappy here, so much as nothing about this place feels like home. I grew up here and still this just isn’t home to me. Heaven is my home and until I settle there I am ready to “Go therefore…” (Matthew 28:19) to where ever the Lord will lead.
It seems to bother some people that our family enjoys this type of adventure. The really goofy thing is that the ones who show disgust over our frequent moves (only 4 in the last 8 years) don’t really seem to desire (or actually enjoy) our company all that much when we’re here and available anyway. I think they see us as continually discontented people who are forever searching for perfection, but that’s not the case.
I admit it, I miss the constant sunshine we experienced in Arizona and I loved the mild almost perfect climate we enjoyed in California. This readiness to move is prompted by something more than just weather though. I’ve never been able to verbalize it very well but when I ran across the following today it spoke volumes to me.
Satan speaking with his trainee about humans:
Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it’, while it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquantances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth, which is just what we want.
Taken from Paved With Good Intentions by C.S. Lewis.
So for all those people who think that our lack of roots is proof of our failure as Christians, I have this to say. The Lord has only allowed us to rent not purchase a home for the last eight years, He has given my husband a job in sales that allows him to move at His beck and call, He has guided us into the practice of homeschool for the children’s sake and He has given us the desire to journey on to other places.
If our Lord and Savior desires us to stay here or anywhere else permanently He will make that clear to us, until then maybe you should examine your own lives instead of ours. Do you get your security from staying put or is Jesus your rock? If tomorrow the Lord wanted you to sell your house and quit your job to follow the example of Paul in preaching Christ crucified as you traveled wherever He leads you, would you? Or has Satan convinced you along with so many others that your success is based on your beautiful house with a nearly paid off mortgage, a healthy bank account, a college education, your status at work or church, or worst of all what other Christians think of you?
There I’ve said it, have I ruffled any feathers?