Friday, October 18, 2013


My oldest daughter Rachel, is moving. Probably by the time this is posted, she may very well be on her way; she, my son-in-law Jake, and my 2-year-old grandson Abraham. They will be a whole nine hours away, from Illinois to Louisiana away. Of course, Abe says he's moving to "a hotel in 'Inn-ee-anna'" (He can't say Louisiana...he's two).

Moving really isn't so bad, I guess. This move is a good thing for them. And while I haven't said a whole lot about the move, am very proud of them. I have also tried to be positive for my daughter, supportive, and helpful. Because this is the furthest away she will ever have been from her family. So, while I was thinking about this (it happens to be after midnight as I write this so...), I wondered; Is this how God feels when His kids "move" away from Him?

Rachel, Jake, and Abe will still be my kids. They will always be my kids. They just won't be close to me anymore (they currently live right next door). But this won't be forever. On the same note, WE are God's kids. We will ALWAYS be God's kids. And many times we just aren't close to Him. But that doesn't last. And nothing we do will ever cause us NOT to be God's kids!

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s loveNo power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39, NLT (emphasis added)

You know, when we MOVE away from the presence of God, it doesn't mean that we no longer belong to Him. It just means that our focus has been MOVED to something else. And it's like a big, dark cloud moves between us and Him, blocking out the warmth, the love, and the joy He gives us. And as long as we keep ourselves turned away from Him, that cloud follows us wherever we go.But it is really easy to get back into the swing of things with God. He made a very simple way for us to do it. 

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. ~1 John 1:9, NLT

We often make it harder than what it is, though. We hem-haw around, worry, fret, listen to the opinions of others, and think we have to perform certain tasks in order to win God's favor back.


You see, with God all we have to do is ask! He's always there. Always waiting. Always willing to forgive. And always willing to MOVE us back into His loving arms. When we move back to Him, He blows that cloud of darkness away and the warmth, love, and joy all come back! It never really left. But because we moved, we no longer felt it.

Have you moved lately? Is there something between you and God? Because if there is, you can easily move it and move back into His loving arms. The ones that never moved. The arms that have never changed, never stopped watching the one that He loves. Don't you think it's time you moved back?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~Hebrews 13:8, NLT

My daughter may be moving. But I'll always be her mom. I'll always love her and support her. And I'll always be there for her... just like God is always there for you and me.


Karla Akins said...

I will be praying for you as you adjust to being so far, far away. I have a daughter and grandbabies 14 hours away -- they aren't babies anymore -- but I do know the ache. The Holy Spirit is such a sweet comforter. I pray you move into His arms and let Him catch every tear, sweet sister. Hugs and lots of prayers!

Tom Threadgill said...

Moving can be tough. I remember when my kids were much younger and we were moving away from both sets of grandparents. It's the only time I've seen my dad cry. And Romans 8:38-39 are my favorite verses! Thanks for posting!

Susan said...

Wow. Great analogy! And I'll be praying for you--and them--as they move:)

Joanne Sher said...

Fabulous analogy, Shelley - will keep this one with me. Thanks! :)

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thanks, all! You know, the first move (the kids) really isn't so bad. I mean... I TRAVEL! ;-] But the second "move" (away from God) is one that I think we ALL work on from time to time. Tom, Romans 8:38-39 are two of my favorite verses, too. They are the key in knowing that God is always with us...even when we are not with Him.

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

I know the feeling- mine are 3000 miles away. :(
Good analogy.

Dora Hiers said...

Oh my stars! I'll be praying for you, Shelley! A move like that can rip a mama's heart out, but a grandma's? Oye. You're a stronger one than I. Our oldest lives 5 min away (with the grands). Our youngest just moved to DC, about 6 hrs away. Hubby's already talking about getting a rental place when the grands start showing up in DC because he knows how much time we'll be spending there. Love how you relate this to a spiritual distance. And you're soooo right. God's always there, waiting. :)

Karen Wingate said...

you have such a beautiful blog. I'm so thankful we live in an age where we have Facebook and Skype. That helps a lot when the kids are far away. Other than that, when we had to move 9 hours away from our daughters, I learned to entrust them into the Lord's care - where they should be no matter how far we live from them.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you Barbara, Dora, & Karen! The kids left today (Saturday). My husband and I were fine until we had to give hugs. But we'll be okay. We're going to "Inn-ee-anna" for Thanksgiving! ;-]

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