Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relocating and Trusting...Mostly

As many of you already know, my family is in the middle of planning a relocation from California to Tennessee.  It’s a huge undertaking.  I’m completely unfamiliar with moving much less moving across the country!  But this is a God driven thing, I’m sure of it!  I have no idea, through rational thought, why we are ending up in Nashville!  Why two California “kids”, who have lived their whole lives no further than a 45 minute drive to the Pacific Ocean, are contemplating living in not just the Bible Belt-- but the Buckle of the Bible Belt!
This journey started months back, when I felt an urging to look at moving somewhere outside of California.  The reasons were many, but to list a few, they would be: high state income tax (almost 9%), ridiculously high cost of living compared to most other places in the country, crowding in schools (even costly-private institutions), lack of state funding to receive any sort of therapeutic services for our special needs son, and a state government that is way out of alignment with the direction in which my husband and I feel is correct.  Add that to the apparent public disdain of anyone upholding a Christian worldview in an attempt to be inclusive, at whatever cost, to the New Age movement.  
But even given all of that, California is our home.  It is familiar and in all it’s wackiness it is a place that we’ve learned to live in.  Until now.  For some reason God has put this sense of urgency in my husband and I.  And uncharacteristically, we are moving a pace that is uncomfortably fast.  

We did a lot of research.  Coming up with a laundry list of needs for each member of our family, we came up with four possible cities / suburbs.  We were down to Denver (Colorado Springs area) and Nashville (Franklin / Brentwood).  I was sure that Denver would be the winner.  It was out West--more of a comfort thing.  The weather was a little severe for us wimpy Californians, but the culture was more like what we were used to.  I love Denver!  It's clean and big and the blue skies go on forever.  Nashville is home to many of my friends as well as Christian media, which is the area I'm working in.  But Nashville?  The South?  Could we ever assimilate?  Dave would never like it!

As in many life altering decisions that have God at the helm, the outcome is one that only makes sense when looking through eyes of faith and trusting in Him.  In the weeks that have followed this decision, Dave has met with his new office manager, gone out and surveyed the area, and fallen in love with the pace and people of Nashville.  Something I never expected to happen!
Even knowing that God is in control, which is a statement that can seem quite trite when  one is not truly walking down a path with an unknown destination.  It can be pretty scary!  Then add to that fear the sense of rationalization.  We’ve had many early mornings over the past month where we look at each other and simply say, “What the heck are we doing?”  But in most of those instances we are able to take it back to God and are then met with a reassuring feeling that we are where He wants us to be. Which, for right now, is in a state of physical upheaval;  A season of change.  

They say change is good.  They also say building character hurts! Who are THEY, anyway??!!
Interestingly, my life verse, which I wrote about on my What’s in the Bible blog a few weeks ago, is Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
This journey is both exciting and yeah, a little frightening.  But knowing that Jesus is the lead project manager for this move, gives me peace!


  1. God is with you wherever you go and this will be an exciting new adventure. He has even placed you in an area where you have many friends. (Btw, I am about 125 miles south of where you will be!!)

    Enjoy this next portion of your journey!! And, all of y'all will pick up our Southern accents & odd culture, and stop being confused by it all in to time!! Love ya, Lisa!!


  2. When we moved, five years ago, I was ready, Ted was not. And we moved because of his job. Funny thing is, in working for a previous employer, he had worked in this area a lot, and really liked it! So he knew the area and I did not, but I was ready to move and he was not. ?!? But it was definitely a God thing... we put our house up for sale and it sold in only five days.

    The blessings that have come from our move... too many to mention. There has been heartache as well -- my son losing touch with his best friends, finding a new church home (we were in the same church in the old town, for 20 years), learning the ropes of a new area. But the benefits far outweigh the struggles, and even in the struggles we have learned a lot.

    I pray that you will have confirmation after confirmation, once you get there, that this is the right place, so that the adjustments, the losses, the struggles, will all diminish in comparison to the blessings you will enjoy!

  3. Thanks for that message, Michelle. I really appreciate the prayers!-- We keep getting confirmations as the days go on. But since things seemed to happen a little faster than expected, we have a bit of that faith-whiplash affect. :)