[Pharaoh tells Joseph] “Tell your brothers, ‘This is the plan: Load up your pack animals; go to Canaan.'” Genesis 45: 17
Joseph’s brothers traveled two times from Canaan to Egypt in search for food for their families and found the brother they had sold into slavery as well! Pharaoh insisted the whole family move to Egypt and promised to make a good life for them.
“On the Road Again” became my theme song when I married a Navy guy. In fourteen months we moved from Iowa to San Diego, to Bremerton, Washington, back to Iowa, back to California, and then back to Iowa. We traveled in a 57 Chevy packed full of all our early possessions–praying and repairing it along the way.
Glen’s career with a natural gas pipeline company took us to Nebraska, then to Texas, and to our final work destination in the Chicago area. After retiring, we moved to a recreational neighborhood outside of Dixon, Illinois. One winter we spent time in Phoenix, Arizona, with our son and his family. I found a temporary job I loved, which had promises of becoming permanent. One afternoon while Glen puttered around the garage, I took my guitar, sat on the stoop and sang, “I’ve followed you to Texas, I’ve followed you to Illinois …” and ended it with, “Now, won’t you please follow me to Arizona.”
We are here for good–no more moves. However, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your five-year plan.
Lord, give us flexibility in our life journey to enjoy the trip. Amen.