Turning loose of the things of this world can be hard. Each move we made on our journey from living the “good life” in Westlake until our departure for Cambodia resulted in divesting ourselves of many things the world tells each of us to hold as treasure. The Lord says store our treasures in heaven. We store up plenty on earth.
From Westlake to Lubbock, our house size shrank from 2400sqft plus 2000sqft of workshop to 1400sqft of living space. Seeing so many of our possessions go away was challenging at first. Then it began to feel good. We saw the blessing others received from our circumstance. We saw their faces and felt their appreciation. We heard an elder once pray, “Give until it hurts…and then keep giving until it feels good.” That became our reality.
Preparing to move from Lubbock brought new challenges. We would be houseless for over two months. Because of the long-term nature of our commitment, storing much of anything would be impractical. So, once again, our classmates, friends and relatives benefited. Just because I finally trashed a trophy from winning the big race, didn’t mean I didn’t win it. Giving away a special quilt mom had made for me didn’t mean I loved her any less. And we always have our memories.
What to take to Cambodia? Shipping is so expensive. The electricity is different. In the end, we packed up 27 boxes, 1 suitcase and 2 backpacks filled with mostly clothes and books. Virtually everything else had to go away. Was it a struggle? Yes, in the beginning it was hard. Yet, looking back, did we really need all that stuff?
Every single time! With every struggle, the Lord of heaven and earth has gifted us with blessing upon blessing. He has helped us continue to grow. He has been our beacon in the darkness. He has walked with us through the valleys. He is our refuge and constant companion. About moving? I am so glad He has freed us from the domain of darkness and “moved” us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. All praise and glory to our God!