Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Location Rotation

Photo by xandert.

The first half of our marriage seemed broken into distinct segments, because every five years we made a major move.

After we'd been in our current city for about four years, we developed an itch to unpitch our tent and move on.

Out went the resumes. Up went our expectations for a new adventure. In came an offer for a new job. 

Right here. 

In the same city.

So we adjusted our attitudes. Threw out those tingly hopes of getting out of Dodge. Settled in to a new routine. And enjoyed it.

But another five years flew by, and that itch returned, bringing with it another new job for hubby. 

Right here in the same city.

It's been a little over three years since that last urge for newness. Already, we feel the itch engines coughing to life. They'll sputter to a full roar soon.

This time, though, as I consider What Might Come Next, I'm not as eager to pull out the packing tape and call the realtor. Sure, we'll move if that's what our good God has in store for us. 

But now, having survived two full itches that led--literally--nowhere, I'm so aware of the Lord's goodness and kindness right here. Where we've been the last 13 and a half years. 

We didn't have to move to experience more good stuff because He is good. And He is with us wherever we go. 

Or stay.

Sometimes a geographical location rotation is just what the Lord has in mind. But sometimes I only need to readjust my gaze back to Him and His ever-present goodness. 

Right here. 

Right now.


Lisa Raye Morris said...

As a fellow adventurer, I relate to this post! Contentment is definitely a state of mind. :) Great thoughts!

Heather Trent Beers said...

Lisa, thank you for stopping by! It's good to know fellow adventurers are tracking with me. :)

Judith Heaney-McKee said...

I feel like we are soul sisters, Heather! My husband and I have been married 13 years and lived in four states. We now are seeking a place where we can put down some roots and connect with a community. And we are listening to God's voice and leading. That isn't something we've necessarily done with at least two previous moves.

Love this perspective and I'm glad I stopped by from #30 days!

Heather Trent Beers said...

Judith, I'm so glad you dropped by from #30, too! Keep listening. He is good at guiding. Keep me posted!

Anonymous said...

First, I'll speak for my greedy, little self: I'm glad you're here. It makes it hard to have coffee with someone out of state. That being said, I've felt my own wanderlust kick in. I'm just not as north as I want to be.

Now I'll speak for Annika. Had you moved, the girls would have a much harder time becoming so close. :)

Karen said...

I'm glad your around here! Lovely thoughts.

Sally Jadlow said...

Heather, we've not moved in over 45 years. Guess I just like it where I am! =)

Heather Trent Beers said...

KCKristi, I'm grateful for your friendship and that our girls are friends, too. And the coffee just makes everything that much better!

Heather Trent Beers said...

Thank you, Karen. On both counts!

Heather Trent Beers said...

Sally, I like where you are, too. :)