As I put more items in a moving box, I glanced around at what was left. I sighed, thinking that my efforts have barely made a dent in what yet needs to be done.
“God,” I whispered in my heart. “We’ve really filled up this space in 3 short years.” I considered what we moved in, and what we’ve purchased since then. As I looked around at the hodge podge of trinkets and knick knacks, I realized how few of them meant anything. I didn’t have a problem selling or giving most of them away.
I thought about our new, much smaller 2 bedroom apartment and compared it to our large 4 bedroom house. I thought about all the visitors that we hosted in the large house, and the hospitality we were able to extend. I thought about long conversations with young missionaries and eating ice cream and laughing.
I prayed that the new place would have just as many memories. As I prayed through all the emotions of the move, I thought about the significance of the move.
When we moved into the large house, it represented how WE had enlarged our capacity. We had gained new territories and it was a picture of abundance and thriving.
However, when I considered the smaller place, I realized it represented the same thing. But in this case, the new territory we gained was in our hearts and minds.
We now have more room - more time, bigger hearts, more resources- to use in service to God.
Moving is our worship.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Romans 12:1-2 MSG