Westward — Go!

It has been a tumultuous year for the Sanchez family.  Their four and a half year adoption journey finally ended with the addition of James Oleg and Anastasia Hope to their family.  Now, just three months later, another journey begins—this time measured not so much in time, but in miles.

David has been at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for over two months already while Julie and their five children stayed behind in Alabama to pack up and rent out the house.  After being separated for three months during the adoption process, and now again the last couple months, the family is eager to be reunited once and for all! Today is the day—David arrives back in Alabama for the big move!

There is a lot of excitement going on in the Sanchez household today!  As much as they hate to leave their home in Alabama, they are happy to get on with the move since they have no choice in the matter anyway.  There will definitely be nice things about moving to California.  They will be just minutes away from the beautiful California coastline on the Pacific Ocean.  The beaches there are not for swimming, but rather the rugged, rocky sort populated by seals and sea birds.  The climate there is moderate—sunny, breezy—and a big change from the extreme heat and humidity of Alabama.  Their active family will be able to enjoy the outdoors rather than hiding out in the air conditioning.

There will be even more excitement on Tuesday when Grandpa arrives to help with the move!  Bob is flying down there to help David load the trucks and then make the trek to California.  It will be quite the caravan going westward a few days later.  David will drive one truck, while Bob drives the other, and Julie will drive the Suburban.  Moving a household of goods plus five kids, three adults and two dogs over 2200 miles will most likely be slow-going.

In the meantime, Robbie and I will be back here at home, alone for the eleven days that Bob will be gone.  I am truly happy that Bob can help, and happy for the family to be back together again after all the upheaval they have gone through this whole year.  I am happy that they will be living in such a pretty place—but sad that it is so far away.  Long before the big move, however, I already bought airline tickets to go visit them in December!  This Grandma didn’t even wait for an invitation, or for them to get moved into their new home!

Robbie, though, will be unable to go to Sissy’s house—his favorite thing to do—as long as they live in California.  He is too fragile and incapacitated now for the long trip by either car or plane.  That makes me sad.  Hopefully, they will be able to come here sometime during the next three to four years, although with a family of seven now, that won’t be easy.  Robbie loves to Skype, though, so we will just have to make it a point to Skype more often.

We are praying for safe travels—that no one gets hurt loading or unloading (especially David after his recent back surgery); for protection from accidents or breakdowns, sickness or any other bad thing that could happen along the way.  Please pray with us, won’t you?

Abraham and Sarah come to mind when I think of making a big move like this.  The Bible tells us that Abraham was a very rich man. He had thousands of cattle, sheep, goats, camels, as well as a huge household of servants and his own family.  They lived a nomadic life in tents, but still it was no easy task to move it all whenever the Lord called them to move on.  Hebrews 11:8 says, however, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”  God had big plans for Abraham as we see in Genesis 12:1-5.  “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.”

Abraham lived righteously before God and God blessed him.  He led him to the Promised Land.  God made of Abraham a great nation.  The whole world was blessed because of Abraham’s faith and obedience!  God will bless us, as well, when we trust him by faith and follow in the path He has set out for us.  I love to read the promises that God has given those who follow in His path.  He promises:

The desires of your heart — Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  (Psalm 37:4, 5)

Mercy and truth – All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.  (Psalm 25:10)

Protection — Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  (Psalm 139:3)

Guidance – When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.  (Psalm 142:3)

His presence — Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

Blessings along the way – The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  (Psalm 37:23)

There is nothing to fear when God changes our pathway or moves us in some direction we had not expected.  If He calls us to move on, then go!  Blessings await us!

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