September 24, 2010
Stretched to the Limit
I don't know how many of you have had to move very often, but transition stress is serious business. I've been handling everything pretty well for the last couple of weeks, but today I feel like I'm about to snap!
Two weeks ago we started the packing process, then came the long drive from California to Texas. Bill flew in early for business meetings, while the rest of us traveled the same highways, separately and on different schedules...
William took the lead driving the U-haul, Mimi with my daughter-in-law, Linda (9 mo pregnant), 3 year old grand daughter, Anna and my Lady dog; then our youngest son John in his car with Abby dog. We all made it to Plano, TX safely in 4 days; the other company execs in California will follow soon with their families.
After only one week in an Extended Stay Hotel, Will and Linda have already secured a rent house. Bill, John and I haven't had that same success. We decided today to get a furnished apartment while we look for a home to purchase. It's a buyer's market now and we want to take advantage of the low interest rates and foreclosures. Hopefully, we can get our stuff out of storage in California before Christmas!
My challenges today are no different than what I've dealt with during our many moves over the years. But today fatigue, waiting and the ongoing uncertainty are taking their toll. With each move comes a new community... learning your way around, finding a home, church, doctors, your favorite grocery and trying to make new friends.
I sit here remembering all the precious friends I've made along the way... from Odessa, to Dallas, to Houston, to New Orleans, back to Houston, back to Dallas, to Sacramento, to San Jose and now back to Dallas again. God has been faithful to lead us to fine churches, always providing for our needs.
Rereading my devotional for today reminds me to honor God, obey Him and as I walk with Him to expect favor from God and man everywhere I go.
In times like these, it helps me to look back and see the favor, to see God's grace and mercy following me.
It strengthens me for the journey ahead.