What Does Moving Mean?

Moving towns? houses? cities? states? countries? Moving on? What does this actually mean? Well… it’s something that is up to personal interpretation, however, moving means change. Lots of change.

Moving – adj. // Changing place or position; relating to the activity or process of moving to a different place to live or work. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moving)

Moving doesn’t say goodbye. Moving doesn’t say never again. Moving doesn’t say staying the same. Moving doesn’t say permanent.
Moving says hello. Moving says opportunity. Moving says change. Moving says temporary.

Moving doesn’t give an excuse. Moving doesn’t always give good reason. Moving must be done. Moving is a part of life. Moving forward is better than moving backwards. Moving is a learning process. Moving reveals strength and experience. Moving demonstrates risk.

Where am I going with this you may ask? I’m moving. Moving to Georgia. Moving to a strange place. Moving to somewhere that’s not my home. Moving to a new state. Moving to a new city. Moving to a new house. I’m moving forward. Moving in forward motion is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Moving is scary. Moving is exciting. Moving is sad. Moving is chaos. Moving is refreshing. We all move. We move from our bed to the kitchen. We move from our cars to the store. We move from our desks to the restaurant. Everyone moves.

Moving on a larger scale is different, or so we think. Is it really that different? Is moving from one house to another that much different from moving from one store to the next? It’s new scenery. It’s new people. It’s new experience. It’s new stuff. It’s different doors. It’s different bathrooms. Moving is simply change.

That change must be positive change. Despite the sadness, the unfamiliarity, the uncomfortableness, change will always reveal something good. Life doesn’t change and shift without giving. God gives. God grants us grace. God sheds love and light. Moving and changing must show love, light, and grace. ba8943975d57fc0fe0184c3a3399733b

Moving means opportunity. Opportunity that may be different. Opportunity that may be unfamiliar. Opportunity that may be shaky. Opportunity is positive. Opportunity means clean slate. Opportunity is new. Be grateful for opportunity. Have gratitude for opportunity. God created us to grow, to share, to live out His word. He presents us with opportunities and it’s our job to grasp those opportunities and fly with them. See where they take us.

Moving is sad. It’s emotional. It’s overwhelming. Whether it’s a new job, a new house, a new city, or a new family. Moving means change. It’s a natural human response to be scared of change. Feeling overwhelmed is good. It means you understand what’s going on. It means that you are ready to see what’s next. Feeling sad is good. It means you will soon feel happy. You will soon understand why you were sad.

Moving is exciting. It’s happy. It’s new. It’s a good thing to be excited about something new. Change is a natural desire. Being happy is a good thing. It means you’ve found something you enjoy; you’ve found a reason to find positivity in the midst of uncertainty. You will now understand why sadness exists.

d00bbbaae595514ad31b2ee317779199Moving isn’t black and white. Moving has blurred lines. Moving doesn’t mean one thing and you react in just one way. Moving is a process. You are uni ur, therefore your moving process is unique. Moving comes with no instruction manual. Just guidelines and helpful hints. God didn’t make life easy. If it were easy, His love and grace wouldn’t be recognized in the way that it is. God makes life possible. God gives us the tools we need to handle what’s going on.

Moving is temporary. Hence the word change. Change means different. Moving is different. Your hometown may hold permanent sentimental value, but it’s not your permanent home. When you drive your car, parking is never permanent. Driving in one place is never permanent (and possibly impossible?). Moving means your previous stay was temporary; implying your next stay will be temporary as well. The only thing that is permanent is God’s kingdom, our eternal life, our spiritual beings. Life on earth is always moving, thus it’s temporary. (This is something that can be easily overthought about, so please avoid this. The word temporary is relative and will mean a different length of time to each individual.) God wants us to be moving, God moves us, God wants us to cause others to move with us. We are temporary bodies that God is using. God’s word is a movement and we must create away to make it a natural movement.

 Moving to a new house is temporary (maybe for 50 years), but it’s temporary. Remember that. If being somewhere scares you, just know, it’s temporary. Take it one day at a a time.

Nobody said life would be easy. They just said it would be possible. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Who can say, “Damn, this sucks.” But who can also say, “You’re going to be even stronger after this.” Find yourself some people who know what you can handle, plus some; who will push you to show you your strength. Figure out who you can trust, who you can lean on when you need it; who will take you on an adventure because you just need to escape reality. Surround yourself with people who fully understand that moving is a part of life.

Moving is NOT life’s way of saying, “You need to get out of whateEditver situation you’re in.”

Moving is GOD’s way of saying, “You’re ready for your next chapter. I have everything set in stone, and I will be guiding you every step of the way. Don’t be scared. Don’t be hesitant. Jump. Move. Shine. Show the world what I’m wall about. Be confident and have faith.”

Moving is sad. Leaving what you know. Leaving what you’re comfortable with. Saying ‘see ya later’ to your friends, family, co-workers, teammates, etc. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be overwhelmed.

But, there is so much in store for you. Moving creates a new light. Moving reveals new talents. Moving presents new opportunity.

Moving in positive motion is what’s important. Moving with the idea that it’s good for you. Moving with love and light in your heart. See what’s good and what will be good. Moving teaches risk and problem solving. Moving teaches spontaneity.

You are you for a reason. Move in the direction in which you feel called. Move the second you feel a pull. Don’t hesitate. Take a risk. Jump high and far. I promise, God will catch you and carry you. Just move.


Elise Hendrickson


“She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”


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