Moving Day – Part 2

Six hours later and the movers are gone. They filled up half of a semi trailer with our stuff. Hopefully, we’ll see it again in a few days. I took some cool pictures, but I can’t upload them yet. I can’t find my camera cable. I have a feeling I’m going to be saying stuff like that for the next few months.While the movers were here, my wife took the kids to the grandparents. So, here I am, alone, in an empty house. I’m walking around here and getting pretty nostalgic. There are six years worth of memories here. This has been the longest that we’ve lived in one house. It’s the only house my youngest has known.

Why am I getting so sad about this? It’s just a house, right? I don’t know. It seems more than just a place where I eat and sleep. It’s the place where first steps were taken, the place where the kids returned from first days at school, the place where my daughter had her first seizure and where God eventually healed her from them. It’s the place where we played board games as a family and made dinners together as a family. It’s where my wife and I talked and talked and became closer friends.

I’ll be more excited in a few days when we close on the new house, start unpacking, and start my new job. But for now, I’m just little sad.

Moving Day – Part 2

Moving Day – Part 1

I hope that everyone reading this had a great Thanksgiving. As usual, the Thomas family spent time with extended family. It was nice to hang out with the aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. With this being my last Thanksgiving as a resident of Illinois, the day took on a special meaning for me. I’m not sure when I’ll be seeing some of these relatives again.  I have been thanking God for my family. They’ve been very supportive of us with our move to Oklahoma.

We’ve spend the last week leading up to Thanksgiving by packing, packing, and more packing. Nearly all of our belongings are in brown cardboard boxes. We were still packing up stuff this morning. But finally, the packing is done. Now, we are just waiting for the big moving truck to arrive. They’re already an hour late. Hopefully the rest of the day will go smoother.

While I’m excited about starting the next chapter in my life, I’m also sad to be leaving my friends and family here in Illinois. I can see that I been living a life that is too comfortable. God is drawing me out of that comfort zone. I don’t know what He’s got planned, but I know that it’s going to be awesome.

Where’s that truck? More moving day updates will follow soon…

Moving Day – Part 1

Star Trek Break

This has been a really busy time for me. That’s why I haven’t posted in awhile. What’s been going on? I’ve been trying to sell our house in Illinois, close on the new house in Oklahoma, select a moving company, pack, and say goodbye to close friends. In the midst of all of this, I decided to take a break and watch an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series on the big screen at the local movie theater.

Last week, for two nights only, a remastered version of the two part episode, The Menagerie was shown at select movie theaters. It was part of a larger promotion that Paramount is doing to market the release of the remastered version of all of the original episodes. It appears that Paramount is borrowing a page from George Lucas’ playbook and cleaning up their old Star Trek episodes. George Lucas did the same thing with the first Star Wars trilogy a few years ago.

In this episode of Star Trek, and in all the other re-released episodes, the video is cleaned up, scratches in the film and other imperfections are removed, the theme music and background music was re-recorded, and all the special effects were redone.

I walked into the theater alone. For some reason, my wife did not want to join me. There were around 70 other people in the theater; most of them were men who were alone. If you can imagine the Saturday Night Live skit where William Shatner makes fun of the Star Trek fans, you would have a good idea of who was in the theater. Then I came to the sad realization…I’m one of them.

As I settled into my seat, I overheard one of the few women in the theater talking to the guy next to her.

“So is this a Star Trek movie we’re watching?” she asked.
“No, this is an episode from the original series.” he replied. He went on to explain how the footage from The Menagerie was really footage from the original pilot The Cage that was never shown on TV, but I digress.
“So we just paid $12.50 each to watch something that we could watch on TV for free???” she asked incredulously.

He stammered, “But this has been remastered, all the special effects have been redone, all the music has been re-recorded…”

Hmmm…all of a sudden I wasn’t too excited to see this episode. Oh well. At least it was free popcorn night.

Star Trek Break

Challenging Times

The past couple of days have been a challenge for me. On one hand, I’m excited about my new job that I’ll be starting in less than a month. I’m also excited that we found a good house in Oklahoma that will meet our needs. On the other hand, I’m concerned that we may not sell our current house by the end of the month. If we don’t sell by then, then what? Are we going to pay two mortgages?

“This is not the best time to be selling a home.” I get reminded of that every time I talk to my realtor, my mortgage broker, and when I watch the news.

I’ve been researching bridge loans and that may help, but it’s not without issues. So, I’ve been trying to trust God and His timing. I know that God will provide a buyer at the right time. It’s been hard though.

I sometimes have this erroneous idea that if I’m following God’s will, things will be easy. It wasn’t for Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible. He did what was right and was thrown into prison. Stephen in the New Testament followed God and was stoned to death. Jesus followed the Father’s will perfectly and was crucified.

Even though things are going to be difficult, I know that God will take care of me as He always has. A couple of verses that have helped have been Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB):

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight

And Matthew 6:27-33 (TNIV):

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. How do you do it? How do you trust God with your whole heart and not worry? If it’s a struggle for you as well, I’d love to hear that too.

Challenging Times