I watched anxiously as my husband backed out of the driveway, leaving on an eight-hour drive to Tennessee. He was headed to look at a few houses in preparation for our upcoming move.
This was not the first time he had gone before us to secure a home for our family. After a twenty-year career in the United States Air Force, I was comfortable letting him house hunt without me.
But this time was different.
You see, my husband would be retiring in two short months.
Instead of the military issuing orders telling us where to move, we were in charge of our retirement destination.
Instead of looking for a home where we could “make do” for a couple years, we needed to find a home that would allow our family of five to live comfortably for many years to come.
Instead of finding a house we would only live in for two to three years, we had to find one where we could live indefinitely.
Although I could feel the excitement and anticipation of a new adventure, I also experienced fear threatening to overtake me.
Would we be happy in this new town where we had chosen to spend our retirement years living?
Would I be content living in a home long-term instead of our usual three-year stint?
Would we love the neighborhood and neighbors?
Would our children find good friends and thrive in this city that would become their “hometown?”
Sometimes these thoughts threaten to overwhelm me. Fear and uncertainty are real responses to this unknown situation we’re on the cusp of experiencing.
Then Jesus reminds me that He goes before us to prepare a place.
He reminds me that He has led us to this area of Tennessee and He will provide godly friendships for my children.
He reminds me that He is trustworthy.
As I read His Word, He reveals His truth to me:
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
When I choose to trust the Lord for provision, He is faithful to rain down His goodness on me.
When I choose to trust God’s faithfulness, He will show me the way we should go.
When I choose to trust in His love, I can be assured that He will guide me and walk with me.
Friend, is there something in your life that has you fearful or anxious today? Look to Jesus, for He is the answer. He can calm your anxious heart, just as He calmed the storms of the sea.
As for our upcoming move, our family is looking forward to planting roots in our new city where the Lord has led us. It’s sure to be a great adventure!
Adrienne Terrebonne has been married to her husband for almost eighteen years. They are currently stationed in Georgia where they are raising their three children. You can find more from her at www.blessedbeyondexhaustion.com