Benjamin Franklin said this many years ago.
He was right.
Our youngest son and his family are in the process of a big move... I was over there today and Dedra and I were simply labeling, listing and deciding what they should do with things on the walls and things on shelves.
They have recently bought a business in another city. and are in the process of transition.
Moving reminds me of how much we 'pick up along the way' that we end up getting rid of or packing away for another day.
While it is a real job, there are some lessons in all of this for us spiritually...
When God moves us into a new place, there is nearly always old baggage to sort out and get rid of. The moving process involves change, and that usually comes with re-evaluation of old things, and sorting through what stays and what goes.
Some of our 'stuff' has simply gotten old, lots of it we never needed in the first place.
Some of the baggage we hold onto probably should have been thrown out long ago.
Any new chapter God brings us to includes changes for us.
Like Dedra and I yesterday, moving both physically and spiritually causes us to examine, change, reject or accept both the old and the new... motivating us to think and re-think many things, in our homes and in our lives.
I've never seen God lead me backwards. I've many times questioned if that was what He was doing, but His plans and ways are so different than how it looks to me. So if you feel you are stuck or moving in the wrong direction, hang on to the promises... all of your current situations will be useful for bigger purposes a little further down the road.
On the bright side... a move, or a 'letting go of' and moving forward is also a really good thing. We lighten our load, and make fresh starts, and open new chapters.
I like that!