Just little over five weeks until we make the big move…
We’ve almost finished “blessing” people with the extras or stuff that we really do not want to bring down to Nevada with us. Yeah, there’s a few more things but that will be given away during the last bit of packing.
In the midst of the packing, we realize that we will be saying good bye to family and friends in five weeks and may be on our own this Christmas as we scrape and settle in. We do have some family close by but one, like a sister, lives in Arizona.
This weekend, I am going to a family reunion with my mom’s side of the family called the Wallace – Burkett – and whatever last name links you as being related to the Wallace – Burkett name – Reunion. There will be camping, potlucks, fun, and hopefully a trick or two played on or by one of my favorite cousins. Told them if they hear what sounds like a bear or big foot, it’s probably snoring from an unnamed person…
At the end of the weekend, we must say good-bye to these people with the understanding that it may be at least another year or two. Some like my elderly aunts and uncles, I wonder, if I’ll ever see them again this side of heaven.
Just as we are saying good-bye to family and friends who will miss us, we have family and friends that are a bit concerned about this move. I see their point especially since my husband has health issues; however, we are being called to Nevada and feel that his health would improve some with the warmer climate.
Some act as if they don’t care if we move and won’t take the opportunity to say goodbye or spend time with us in our final weeks. All we can think is that they are trying to be brave and not show their emotions at the thought of us leaving.
At the same time, we are reminded that Abraham and even Jesus himself met some resistance from family as they answered their calling.
Yet, Jesus does call us to love Him more than our parents, brothers, and sisters and yet, we still love them and will miss them.
Yes, this attitude hurts especially when we have our own neighbors – people we’ve known only a few months – come up and say how we will be missed. Yes, the rumor that we are moving is spreading quite quickly in this small “community” called our apartment building.
Even with this attitude from family, we will continue to pray for them and make sure we’re right with them as we make the move. After all, you only have one set of family members and each of them are important.
As you prepare for a journey, are you getting resistance? How do you handle it? We plan to patiently answer their concerns, pray for them, and assure them that at least it’s not Africa or some other far corner of the world…