When you wake up on your birthday and there’s a realtor lock box on your front door, you realize things are about to change. I’ll be writing a new age on official documents, and…my next birthday won’t be in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The new age thing wasn’t my choice and I’ve been doing that every year for, well, let’s just say it’s been awhile and leave it at that. So it’s not that big of a deal. But a long distance move after 31 years in the same place? THAT’S a big deal.
The termination from the job I loved in May was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever lived through. But as I wrote in my last post just days after that, “When life gets into a routine and nothing rattles us anymore and every day is the same, there is no need to lean on God. We can get complacent and soft. But throw a grenade into the mix and we see quite quickly whether or not our faith in God is the real deal”.
So this has been the summer of faith. It’s also been the summer of wrestling with God, of early morning quiet times at places other than my dining room table. There were tears in the hammock in my Mom’s backyard in New Jersey as I stared up at the tree canopy and realized God was leading me to make a decision that would again change my life.
And as soon as I made that decision, there was peace. I’ll be moving back to New Jersey next month, to the place where I grew up, to the place where I can sink into being part of the family again. I’ll be able to spend time with nephews who have only known an Aunt Sharon who lived in Florida and who got to see them a couple of times a year. No more tearful goodbyes at the airport. No more complaining about the lack of changing leaves in the Fall and eternal summer weather. Ha! I’ll be going back to a familiar place, but one that is also new. So much has changed there since I packed everything I owned into my Chevy Cavalier convertible in 1988 and made the trek to the Sunshine State.
Now, I need a big moving van instead. The realtor has been secured. My place will be on the market in 3 days and I’m about to be drowning in boxes. I don’t have a job or a place to call my own yet in NJ, but I am certain of God’s leading. I’ve always said how glad I am that I’m a “journaler”. I write out my prayers. I write out what God shows me in His Word. I write out my fears and my questions and my anxieties. And this summer has been no exception. But what an amazing blessing to look back on all my entries since May 31st and see how God has undeniably brought me to today and to this decision to relocate.
The next thing is scary, but exciting. I don’t know all that God has planned ahead for me, but knowing that He knew about this all along and was preparing my head and my heart gives me the reassurance that He’s not going to leave me now. He knows the job that I need, He knows where I’ll live and He knows the new people He will bring into my life. I will always be grateful for the experiences and the people God brought into my life in Florida. I’m not the same person I was when I arrived here. It’s been amazing. I have been blessed!
It’s crazy, but it’s good. God knows, as He has always known, what comes next. And I get to enjoy another adventure with Him. Stay tuned.
Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things that you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk uprightly. He guards the paths of justice and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. Proverbs 2:6-9
Oh the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways are past finding out! Romans 11:33
10 thoughts on “Next”
Wow, Sharon! What a huge change, but definitely not too huge for our Father!! You’re right, He’s seen this big picture all along, & I have no doubt He’s got such wonderful things in store for you! And what a blessing to be moving back to a somewhat familiar place, and to be near your dear family. You’ll be missed by many, I’m sure. And you’ve got GREAT memories to hold in your ❤️, all those days of long ago when we all spent so much time together, forming friendships that have and will last a lifetime. God bless you and your future endeavors as He leads. I’m anxious to read about your next adventures with Him! 😘
Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, Julie!
Sharon, you’re such a good writer! Maybe God will lead you to write another book. 🙂
Thank you, Sally! With all of these changes and challenges, I think I’ll have plenty to write about!
I’ll miss you although we haven’t seen each other for the past 4+ years. All the best to you in NJ. You know that you are in God’s Will and in God’s Hands. See ya later 😘
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Thanks, Jasmin! It’s crazy how quickly time passes. Will miss you and Witfield as well!
How beautifully you write Sharon. Wait you’ve written a book, I want to read it!!! Sorry for my ADD.
I’m so grateful for how God is providing and leasing you to a loving, family place.
Keep us posted.
Love in Christ,
Thank you for your kind words, Maryann! God is so faithful as we surrender all our challenges to Him – especially the unexpected ones. I did write a book years ago for single women. It’s about trusting God with the desires of our hearts. I still hear from readers occasionally. So glad that God is still using it to encourage others!
Sharon- God bless you as you enter this new stage of life. I know God has great things in store for you. It’s so comforting to know that He goes ahead. The other day I was thinking how I would handle it if my job retired me early after 33 years… And I realized that it would not be a surprise to God if that happened… only to me. If that happens I hope I would be as calm as you are and handle the situation with the same grace that you are exhibiting. Prayers for you as you go forward.
God is faithful! Even on the roller coasters! Thanks, Shirley.