As I sit down to write this, my mind is filled with details I need to accomplish to be completely ready for our “big” move with the truck. I am grateful for the help of God’s people…giving of their time and strength to help lighten our load. To me, such sacrifice is a prime example of “bearing one another’s burdens.” However, our move is not a burden but a bittersweet blessing. The hardest part about moving is not the boxes and the stuff but moving away from the people we have loved for over a decade. We thank God that we will still be pastoring Highway until the end of April, but now we are residing in Lancaster County and will be commuters to Philadelphia. Through the natural stress of getting everything together to make a smooth transition, the Lord has reminded me of a few truths. First, I am grateful for even having stuff to move. The various items we are putting in boxes or donating to Goodwill are testimonies to God’s amazing goodness and provision over the years. When I think of so many in this world who have so little, I choose not to complain over having to move boxes. Second, I marvel at the Lord’s timing. Being in the will of God doesn’t mean everything is easy, but there is a “flow” of circumstances and events that confirm the Lord is present. Just yesterday I visited with a leader of the Carpenter’s Union next door. I was amazed at how gracious he was to me—even encouraging me to use some of their moving equipment to make the work easier. The Lord is so faithful to move on the hearts of others to show favor! Also, yesterday in my devotions, I thought of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” I know the stress of moving is temporary. God’s kingdom is eternal. While packing and planning, I desire to walk in the Spirit, keeping my eyes fixed on what is eternal. Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you who prays for us. We could not do this without you! Thank the Lord…and thank you!
Pastor Mark Boucher