Part of our move to a new life in Prague was leaving behind a number of things.
One of them is family and another is friends. There's no doubt that maintaining long distance relationships takes a fair amount of extra time and attention to keep them healthy and vibrant.
We're committed to that effort and feel we're doing a decent job of it by God's grace.
We also left behind a mountain of material goods. We really struggled with a small window of preparation before our departure. It's not always easy to figure out what you'll need and what you won't, what to take or what to leave.
When the decisions have to be made quickly the results are not always pretty. [as in this photo]
So here we are in the USA wanting to use every minute to enjoy family (especially those pesky grandkids) and connect with friends BUT needing to spend loads of time sorting what to keep, what to give away, what to sell, what to store, what to take to Prague.
Making the decisions is only stage 1. Stage 2 is figuring out where each category of items needs to go. Give it away to whom and how, prepare it for a garage sale with a price, set it in the pile to take to Prague hoping it will all fit, figure out how to store it safely away from mold, etc. Stage 3 is taking all those plans to completion.
I'm tired just writing that out for you.
And it doesn't even include the dentist and doctor, haircut and eyeglass appointments, nor all the shopping for necessities like vitamins and supplements, clothes and stuff we can't get there, nor the various meetings we have scheduled from state to state.
Now I'm totally overwhelmed.
ThankFULLy God always has every thing under control.
As I'm considering the pressures around me I'm reminded of the following verses I shared today with a friend whose husband is in the hospital with a 'concerning symptom array'.
"But now, this is what the LORD says - he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:1-3 (NIV, 1984)
I'm thinking these words are equally valuable for critical health threats as for crushing activity levels.
Where is God meeting you today with this passage?