My eight year old has had five addresses in her short little life. It pains me to admit that, but it’s true. And no, I won’t tell you how many times we moved in the seven years before she was born. Just know we had to have our mail forwarded more than once (or twice)!
There is no one reason for all of this moving. We are not in the military (unless the Lord’s army counts) and we are not missionaries (but maybe I could just call it that to make myself feel better). Maybe we’re descendants of some nomadic tribe and it’s just in our blood. And maybe, life just happens.
Kidding aside, we aren’t the kind of people who just wake up one day and say, “Let’s move.” Every move has risen out of what we thought was a legitimate need or necessary transition. Still something inside me aches for it to stop. I’m a normal, red-blooded woman, and we long for stability! (Don’t we?)
As I face yet another move, the aching intensifies. I want to put down roots, stop moving, settle my family and begin to feel stable. So of course, I’ve been whining to God about it and a few days ago, I ran across this verse:
“Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure” (Isaiah 33:6 NKJV).
It stopped me in my tracks. I want the stability that (I think) will come from a permanent address, and the Father urges me that it really comes from wisdom and knowledge. It’s the wisdom He gives me to take care of my family and the knowledge to make wherever we’re living a comfortable home. It’s the wisdom to put my trust in Him and knowledge of the ways He has always taken care of us. It’s the wisdom and knowledge He possesses because He is the all-knowing and all-wise God. This is where my stability comes from, and this stability knows no address.
So, am I totally o.k. with moving again? No! But I’m going in His strength and letting wisdom and knowledge preserve me as I go. I’m one mama who’d rather have a family rooted in God’s will even if we never put down roots anywhere else, and I’m glad you’ve joined me on this journey.
This post first appeared on If Mama Ain’t June 15, 2009
Anitra has been sharing useful ideas for moms at The Mama Zone since 2009. She’s a wife, mom of two and an elementary school teacher, turned homeschooling mom. She’s also an online influencer and ebook author who enjoys writing to help other moms and to build strong families.