About a year ago, I moved from the Richmond, VA area to the DC area. It was a move that I was trying not to make for a long time and I cannot really even tell you why I did not want to move. In Richmond I had no family and the job opportunity were no where as near robust or high paying as the DC area. But my mother lived in the Washington DC area and wanted me to move near her. I did not want to loose my independence. In Richmond I had my own house and my own space, and here my mom was talking about moving back in her. I had not lived with my mother in 12 years!
But I sucked it up and needed to stop being selfish. My mom had went through a divorce and was living in a 3 bedroom condo all on her own. I am her only child, my son her only grandchild; and she was lonely. And so I packed up and moved. Sometimes we have to leave the familiar behind to get ready for bigger and better things. What was keeping me in Richmond anyway? I did love my house, but at the end of the day I was not happy there. I was fighting not wanting to move in with my mom and coming to a place that I thought I would not like, when in fact I like living here a lot. I mean it is crazy over priced to live here and for no apparent reason what so ever, the traffic in insane; but aside from that I can say that it has been a better move for both me and my son. I had no family in Richmond, I am a single mother, and I really did not like it there at all. And so it made me wonder, why was I fighting to stay in a place I know I needed to move on from? And how many other people are walking around stuck in one area, not wanting to move on, for one reason of the next?
I came to this conclusion, when God calls you to move, you have no choice but to move. Things are not going to work out unless you move. You cannot be so complacent that you stay stuck in the same place and you are not really moving on to anything. And the better thing is that, God will never ask you to move anywhere that He is not willing to go with you. God knows exactly what you need before you even know what you need. You just have to stop fighting and trying to do things your own way; and trust God. It may be hard because what God wants and what you want may be two different things. But either you trust that God knows what is best for you and He has better plans for you then you have for yourself or you don’t.
This can apply to so many areas of our lives. For me it applied to me moving. And when God is ready for you to move on, you will know it. I mean my life was literally unbearable in Richmond. I really no longer had any joy living there. But, I stay there because of pride. Because I did not want to move back in with my mom. Or because I had my own plans or friends that I did not want to leave behind. I did not really wanted to listen to God on what He wanted me to do, because it did not fit into what I wanted to do.
Then I had to think about how all of those times when I was living off of my own plan and was not willing to move on with my life, that I passed up on some wonderful opportunities. Ten years ago, I passed a chance to go to law school under a conditional acceptance because I did not want to leave my boyfriend at the time. How many times have you made a decision based off what you thought was best and not really off of what made sense?
Fast forward, a year later I love living with my mom. For some reason, grandparents like doing everything for their grand kids. My mother wakes my son up every morning and makes him breakfast while I sleep in. My mom loves to cook and she makes me lunch, breakfast, and dinner. I make more money here and have an opportunity to a lot more things that I want. I cannot even tell you how many trips I have planned. So what I thought would suck, really does not suck at all. I really just had top open up and trust God.
Are you resisting God or going with God? And if you truly believe that God has a plan for your life, then whatever you are resisting is going to come to pass. And you mine as well come into God’s purpose willingly, not like me kicking and screaming all the way. Often times you need to move on from where you are at to get where you are going. And more often that not, that means stepping our of your comfort zone to being elevated to a new level.