Creatures of Pattern, Comfort, and Repetition

During my undergraduate studies, I moved every 17 weeks.  It just seemed as if I would finish a class and discover a new opportunity for my living arrangements. It became a way of life for me and settling into my first apartment after graduation felt wonderful.

Moving is not a joyous experience for me, although I’ve had a few really fun opportunities.  When my husband and I purchased our first home we were very excited and with our second home, we were also.  It didn’t change the fact that our stress levels were very high.  Even with a large moving crew, we both carried our internal hesitation and aversion to risk-taking.

Yesterday we were considering how to help a friend who has been stuck for nearly two years with the same argument of struggle.  Suddenly, I remembered the scripture given to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 1:6-8, “You have stayed long enough on this mountain. Move on from here — continue your journey”. Since the moment I shared this with my husband yesterday, we have both felt compelled that the Lord is speaking the same message to us. We realize this may not be a geographical notion, at this time, but more so a confirmation that, now, is the time to grasp His preferred will for our lives.

The Jones Group, a ministry of Laurie Beth Jones writes:

Jesus’ job was to get people to move —
From a state of sin to a state of grace, from a world of bondage to a world of freedom, from a state of tears to one of everlasting joy.
Abraham’s moved involved packing up his family (at the age of 75), and heading into enemy territory.
Moses learned the hard lesson about getting people to move.  At an age when others were thinking about retirement, Moses had to think about the logistics involved in getting the entire Israelite nation out of Egypt.
We are creatures who like comfort, patterns, and repetition.  “This is the way we’ve always done it.”  “I’ve invested fifteen years in this relationship or project or job, and you’re telling me it’s time to change?” “If God had wanted us to ______ God would have given us _______.”  (You fill in the blanks.)  We do not like change.
Deuteronomy 1:6-8

We know that Jesus warned his followers: You must be ready for me when I call you, no matter what the hour. (Matthew 25:13). As we prepare for what is on the horizon for our family, we have the assurance that it will require change on our part. We do desire what’s on the other side of the valley.


Jones, L. B. (2019, April 8). Moving on is not fun. Practical Spirituality.

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