Have you ever been around a person that does not like the current city that they live in? Most of the time, that person will constantly talk about how another city is better. That kind of person used to REALLY get on my nerves. I used to wonder why they just wouldn’t move back to that city if it was so great. Then one day, I became just like them…
My husband is in the military and we move quite frequently. At our last base, life was wonderful. My husband and I had our first child there. I had a great job and we were members of a wonderful church. We made many friends. Life was as close to perfect as it could be. But one day, we got orders and had to move away from all of our friends. The party was over. At that time, we were about 11 hours away from our family. Now, we are 22 hours away. I’m not even going to get into the weather differences. I’ll just sum it up by saying that we went from paradise to ice!
One day, in the middle of my pity party, I realized how much I needed to adjust my thinking. I had put God in a box and did not believe that He could bless me at my new base like He had blessed me at my previous one. I had to enlarge my thinking and believe that God could do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could even ask or think. God relocated me and my family for a reason. He is with me wherever I go. After this realization, I started looking for the beauty in my new city. I released myself to have fun and to enjoy this new chapter in life. When I changed my outlook, things started getting better for me.
The children of Israel faced this same issue in the book of Exodus. They were slaves in Egypt and God delivered them from the hand of Pharoah. They were heading toward their Promised Land. However, the children of Israel kept longing for Egypt whenever they faced a challenge on their new journey. God had a wonderful plan ahead for the millions of Israelites on the journey, but only two persons out of the original group reached the Promised Land because they chose to move forward and not look back.
Are you longing for Egypt? What steps are you going to take to move into your Promised Land?