Looking Forward

Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. Dave Mustaine

When I was 15 years old, I had to move from the only city that I ever lived to a brand new place. I was leaving behind my home, the one church I had ever been part of, and tons of family and friends. Up until that point, my life had been very familiar and comfortable. Now, I was going to a place where I didn’t know anyone, and I was really nervous about what the future would hold.

I remember the first day of school. It was so different. I didn’t know where anything was; it took me forever to get to my classroom. I didn’t recognize anyone’s face, or name and they didn’t know mine. I was walking through the hallways among strangers, and I felt so alone. I actually called my mom and told her that she needed to come and get me because I felt like a complete outsider. She told me to stick it out, and it would all end up ok. And, you know what? She was right. It wasn’t too much longer before I met a some girls that ended up becoming my closest friends. The type of friends that you can tell anything to, and not feel judged…only loved. We were not just friends in high school, but we have remained life long friends, too. Our friendship has lasted through marriages, moves, births of babies, divorces, sickness and even funerals. My children have never known life without them. But, through it all, our friendship has been able to remain as strong as ever.

What a gift God gave me. During a time when all I was thinking about was what I was leaving behind, He had such wonderful things laid out before me. We are always going to be moving forward…even if we don’t want to. We aren’t meant to just exist and not participate in the world around us.  If you are in a season of change, and I know that can be scary, remember that The Lord has plans for you that are going to be better than anything you can imagine.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

1 Comment

  1. Fran on May 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    So true and such a hard concept to live out while you’re leaving behind!!!

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