Learned something about moving:  when you have unpacked and moved in, you don’t need the boxes anymore.  You can collapse them or trash them. What allowed you to move to a new level in life might not be so helpful as you live at that new level:  some things collapse, some things get trashed.

Take a few minutes to ponder this scripture:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11: 1

When my family decided to move, the last move we made, to the house we now call home, it was very involved. Prior to then I had moved so many times. I had discovered the ideal boxes – sturdy cardboard boxes that were used for one-gallon water bottles. They even had compartments, for assorted packing if needed – perfect for moving,  and for storage. Note, the two distinct functions of the box – moving and storage.

Moving. I had faith like those thick-walled boxes. We closed on a foreclosed house that needed renovation. Faith took away worries about the mortgage payments.  This Faith was the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Just as I knew those cardboard containers and their contents would survive being tossed about I knew that I would survive the move. It takes strong Faith to venture into the unknown.

Storage. Now, my friends, there is this subtle [or obvious if you are one of those  practical minded people] difference between moving and moving in. My point, initially the packed boxes became a mainstay in the garage. However. moving in meant putting dishes in cabinets, clothes in dressers and everything in their assigned places in our new home. Arriving at our destination ended one phase, and challenged us to begin a new stage.
Revelation – once you arrive at the destination we hoped and believed in we must renew a different manifestation of faith.  Once we can see it, it is more of an experience or a testimony – look where God has brought me … But we need new spiritual lens to see where God wants to lead. We moved, now we had to move in; the boxes and masking tape were no longer needed.

Someone knows what I’m talking about. You prayed and studied to graduate from school,  and you did, now you need new resolve and Faith to find a job.  You prayed and pursued that man and woman to marry, and they did – dream wedding – now you need new faith to stay together after the honeymoon years. Yes, you understand, when you think it’s the end, it’s just the beginning.

Oh, I feel like preaching about the Children of Israel that made it to the borders of the Promised Land but were afraid to enter … by Faith they made it through the wilderness, but they needed new faith to leave the wilderness behind and move into their new home …

Wear the world like a loose garment  … This world is not my home  …

Our life is a journey to a home where this  Body must shed its corruption and put on incorruption, shed mortality and put on immortality  …

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands …

Guide me Oh thou Great Jehovah as I pilgrim through this barren land …

Oh, let  me conclude. Like I said, after moving in,  I learned to dismantle  and trash the boxes. I have a new home and place for my stuff.

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