We’re moving this week! And that’s set my mind towards an awareness of all the final things – those final experiences we’ll ever have in this home.
We’ve been so blessed with our little home these past 8 years. When we moved in our children were 20 months and 4 months old. This is where our daughter took her first steps. Where we became foster parents. Where we saw the hand of God move time and time again, providing for our needs when finances seemed depleted. Where I learned how to keep a home. Where we began homeschooling. Where I’ve written all my books. Where we’ve picked pears from our tree and preserved them for the upcoming year each summer. Where we’ve tirelessly renovated and worked. Where our children prayed their first prayers and asked Jesus to come live within them.
And this week we will say goodbye to this special place where our family grew.
Mowing the lawn for the final time. The final pear-picking season. The last meal we’ll cook. The last game we’ll play. The last sleep under this roof. The last load of laundry. Everything feels nostalgic now.
It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that where we are now – in this temporary place – is where we always will be. Despite the tyrannical urgent we feel in this transient space, we must keep our eyes focused on the lasting. This may be the final time we see that person, walk down that road, perform that task.
How will we handle our moments, perhaps our final ones here?
“…Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire…For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” Hebrews 12:28-29, 13:14
It’s time to move on, move ahead towards a new set of memories under a new roof. And we’re so excited to see what God does in this new season for our family!
But this move has made me consider the two homes for the follower of Jesus: earth (the temporary) and heaven (the eternal). Here on this planet, we take our first steps and make our first progressions, explore our giftings and develop relationships. In heaven, we’ll take all of who we are, stripped of our sin nature and sickness of soul and body.
Are you ready for that move? If you aren’t sure, right now is the perfect time to get ready. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It’s a surrender to Jesus as the new Lord over your life, trusting Him with who you are. It’s a belief that God has done what we never could do on our own – defeat sin and death.
As we pack up the last box and load the last stick of furniture on the truck this week, I’ll look back on this precious place with thanks, pray that it will bless the next family like it’s blessed us, ask God to keep His peace and Presence here to touch the lives of all who enter after us. And we’ll move to the next place He has for us, ready to experience everything He has beautifully prepared for this new season.
You might call me a “time-keeper” if you saw me everyday. I constantly check the clock and make daily use of my planner and wall calendar. For some reason time bears a great weight on me. I hate being late for anything and easily get irritated when someone else arrives after the appointed time.
And yet, a few years ago I started to realize that this time-obsession was getting out of hand. I chose to stop wearing watch, quite purposefully. I’ve cut back drastically on how much I put in my planner, though it still gets regular use.
I came across something that struck this time-keeper in the gut:
“It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life.”
Thomas a Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ
Am I spending this life well when I get all tense and annoyed? Am I spending more time planning for the next day’s events rather than living fully present in this day?
The longer I live, the faster time seems to move along. In elementary school it took FOREVER for Christmas to arrive! Now, it feels like we just celebrated Christmas and it’s already September!
Yes, many days can seem long in the trenches of busy-ness that comes with raising my now-preschoolers. But I look back and genuinely wonder where the last month went! It was swept away with the day-to-day activities…with the laundry and groceries and cooking and bills and routines…the days gather together and race past me.
And the more I consider my bent towards living in the “next” rather than in the “now”, I can better see that this leaves me living each day in survival mode as I plan for a better “next”.
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
My prayer today is this: that God will help me realize how fleeting is my life, how precious is every moment so that I can better see His work around me and hear His voice speaking. I hope that in “numbering my days” I will place greater emphasis on the important things rather than merely the urgent things. I long to leave behind a legacy of a well-spent life that was invested in knowing, loving, and serving God and others.
What does living a well-spent life look like to you?