Uprooted and Replanted

Read: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Reflect: Our hometown was the place where my husband and children were born. Family members lived close by. Our children built great friendships at school and church. We were comfortable. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to raise my family. Then my husband was offered a transfer to another city. He accepted the transfer and the search for a new home began.

After months of searching, we moved into a new community and began the process of starting over. We had to build a new support network. The children had to navigate a new school. We needed to find a new church.

One day, we noticed a group of people unloading a big truck at a local high school, where Eastlake Church was meeting. Our family huddled close as we approached the entrance of the auditorium. We were welcomed with smiles and handshakes. It was the beginning of an incredible journey.

We jumped into service. My husband volunteered to help load and unload the truck for the children’s ministry, where I had begun volunteering. We joined growth groups where we created friendships with people who have become our extended family.

Our children were all baptized at our new church. Today, my daughter and her family attend Eastlake, and my granddaughters are part of the children’s program. We invite friends and greet new families.

Looking back, I realize God had a plan for our young family. The relocation moved us out of our comfort zone and into a city where we were able to share Jesus with others. The roots of our family tree are planted in God’s goodness and grace.

React: How do you react to change in your life? Are you allowing God to guide you in his eternal plan? 

Pray: Jesus, thank you for providing your loving grace as we face changes in our life with the help of the Holy Spirit.