I love this time of year.
It’s a precious gap for our family, a pause between the travels of summer and the full swing of fall schedule. It’s a time to put our home in order, the home that’s been steadily unraveling all year long.
I sigh with satisfaction when everything is in it’s place. This is the only time of year when that even comes close to happening in our home, so I try to enjoy it.
A year ago, nothing had a place. We had just moved back to China, and our new-to-us-home was an explosion of suitcases, dusty storage boxes (why did we store this junk??), and piles of the previous resident’s stuff. I wanted to curl up and cry. And I did.
I wanted desperately to wave a wand and make my home be settled. I wanted structure and routine and home-cooked meals and to know how to get to the grocery store.
I hate not feeling settled.
That’s why if I know that a move is in our future, I dread it with a passion for months (or in some cases, years). I have always wanted a permanent home. Clearly, I chose the wrong profession.
Over the course of many years of moving, years of question marks concerning where exactly our long-term future will be, the Father has been circling me round and round three truths. So I share them here with you today, thinking that perhaps, you all can relate.
1. God has something for me in the transition.
A very wise person once told me this. As much as I just want it to be over, as much as I just want to swing the pendulum from unsettled to settled, God has some life-transforming truth for me to learn when I’m smack in the middle of transition. This has been true for every single transition of my life. I can fight the transition or I can embrace it, move toward it with eyes and heart open to what he has for me this time.
This doesn’t take the stress and mess away, but it does help me breathe in the midst of it.
2. The uncertainty of my living situation cannot dictate the state of my soul.
My life can be in upheaval, my home can be in chaos, my future can be filled with question marks and yet there can always, always be abiding security that is mine. It is mine because of whose I am, because of who lives within my being.
But the choice is mine. I choose whether this security reigns in me. I chose whether fear and doubt get to crowd out that security. I choose if I will let this security settle my soul.
The truth remains regardless. I am his. The greatest frustrations, the worst hardships, the hardest disappointments in the world could befall me, and I would still be his. His joy, love, and peace would still be mine for the claiming. His promise forever stands to work all things for the good of those who love him. And I do, I love him so.
If I really believe his words to be true, that everything in my life will be worked for my good, for his definition of good, (which will far outshine my own definition) what then shall I fear?
Is this not the secret of being content in any and every circumstance? That no trouble or hardship can ever separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus?
3. Contentment seeps from the big to the small.
If I can truly grasp that I am his and he is mine, that this is all that truly matters in the whole grand scheme of everything, then that big picture truth will seep contentment into the dailies of my life. If I am living for my eternal home with him in glory, then I can live with a transitory earthly home, (a home where tiles occasionally fall off the bathroom walls.)
It’s not about the permanence or quality of my home, it’s about the condition of my heart. It’s about living and exuding the love relationship that is mine. That love is enough. That love makes everything enough.
That love is ultimately what settles the soul.
What truth settles your soul?
Where are you at on the settled/unsettled spectrum? Take a picture of what home is looking like for you and share it with us! No cleaning, just snap the reality!
Here’s my little blue kitchen, enjoying normal, every day mess.
Can’t wait to see what our settled and unsettled homes look like around the world!
And drumroll please! Here’s the announcement for this week’s giveaway at Book Club! The five randomly drawn winners are: Kristen F., Lisa B., Beth E., Laura, and Elizabth S.
Congrats, Ladies!! You should have received an email from Amy with details.
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