On The Move

Reflections of moving forward in your relationship with God

by Patty Burk

Tired of your old digs? Growing weary of living in the same spot, spiritually speaking? You know the feeling: you’re not reading your Bible as you once did, your appetite for the things of God has diminished, and Christian fellowship, well, you can take it or leave it. Life in your old house is getting predictable and monotonous.

92Where is it you want to head with God, and where does God want to lead you? Why not ask Him for direction, for who knows you better than the Lord? “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (Psalms 139:1-4).

Get packing!

Be ruthless as you start packing up the house. A move is just what you need to get rid of the junk in your life. Ask yourself what is holding you back in your relationship with Jesus Christ: television, reading material, spending time with people who are less than positive influences.

Clean everywhere and pay special attention to the corners. Trust God as He reveals areas of your life not yet fully surrendered to Him.The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him, he hears their cry and saves them” (Psalms 145:15-19).

Label everything carefully. Know where to look in the Bible for confirmation, reference or encouragement. Place the items you’re going to need right away, like a concordance or reference Bible, near the top of the box.

You’ll need strong, reliable people to help with the actual move and to encourage you as you move closer to God. Join or start a Bible study group. Christian fellowship is a wonderful tool God provides to help us grow. Ask people to pray for you. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).

Moving is extremely demanding and physical so enlist people who aren’t going to judge you for having loads of dust bunnies under the bed. Ask God to bring only those who will be encouraging and honest, and not judgmental.

Be prepared for the frustrating, disorganized days when you can find the filters but not the coffee pot, the wipes but not the diapers. In other words, be prepared for but don’t despair over the spiritual setbacks. Let the Bible be your book of choice, and let Christian music be your background noise throughout the day. Ask the Holy Spirit to continually guide you and remind you of God’s goodness.

Getting settled

As you settle in remember to thank the Lord for your new residence. Plan a huge housewarming party. While you bask in the joy of your closer relationship with the Lord, remember others who may need encouragement and discipline in their own moving experience. Establish your new home as a place where others can come for fellowship, encouragement and relaxation in the Lord.For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills, a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey, a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing…” (Deut. 8:7-8).

At the time of writing, Patty Burk lived with her husband, Tom and children in Nanaimo, BC. They attended Evangelistic Tabernacle.

This article appeared in the March 2004 issue of testimony, the monthly publication of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. ©2004 The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

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