Although I had experienced changes along the way, my life had remained within the bounds of comfort, until a few years ago. I had lived in the same area all my life and had attended the same church since I was saved as a young boy, until I went to pastor Pilgrim Baptist Church. Pilgrim was a ten minute drive from our house, so even then, life was comfortable for me and my family. Then the Lord called us to serve in Mount Airy, approximately 75 miles from where I was born and raised. (I always try to keep things in context. I am aware many have been called of God to relocate half-way around the world, and to them, 75 miles would be local.) But, for us, it was a major change in our lives. Three years have now passed and God has been faithful to us as we continue this new path in life. It may seem difficult for some to understand, but I am as happy now as I have ever been. I have learned that contentment is not obtained through physical locations, but being where God wants you to be. When we respond to God, by following Him in faith, He will provide what we need, even in a new environment.
Change is once again looming on our horizon. Makayla, our oldest daughter, graduated from Mount Airy High School last Saturday and she is planning to attend East Carolina University in the fall. Greenville is a four hour drive from Mount Airy. I am very proud of Makayla and the young woman she has become. She wants to pursue a career in nursing and I am certain she will do well. However, it will be difficult to adjust to her not being with us as before. Once again we must walk by faith and trust the Lord. I am confident His grace and guidance will be sufficient.
I have no way of knowing what you are facing in life at this moment, but I am certain the Lord does. He may be leading you in a path that is completely outside the bounds of comfort for you. If so, embrace the changes that lie ahead and follow God by faith. Change is inevitable in all our lives, but our Lord has promised to never leave nor forsake us. As long as you are walking with the Lord, He will provide for you and supply the peace you need as you face an uncertain and sometimes uncomfortable future.