When Moses sent them off to scout out Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and then into the hill country. Look the land over, see what it is like. Assess the people … Observe the land … And the soil … Are there forests?” Numbers 13:17-20
Each time my husband was transferred to a new office, we went through a similar process of the scouts sent to Canaan to see what the new area was like. When we moved from Texas to the Chicago area, we spent five days in January trudging through snow, going from one town to another, walking through homes. My heart dropped to my stomach when I realized we would need to spend twice as much money and end up with a home half the size and of lesser quality than our home in Texas.
Many of our friends within the company had already relocated to Naperville–the furthest west suburb along the Burlington Northern commuter line. We purchased a fixer-upper four houses down and across the street from good friends.
The day our moving van arrived, one of the guys who had packed our possessions in Texas said, “Hey, Lady, I liked your house in Texas better.” What he didn’t know was that as much as I liked my home in Texas, Texas did not feel like home. Our new home was about family the safety of the neighborhood, quality of schools, and having good friends.
Dear God, give us discerning skills for all the choices we have to make. Amen.