By: Tim Sader
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. (Exodus 33:15)
After coming home from Australia my family prepared for our big move to South Carolina. During my childhood God was developing values in my life. I learned that life isn’t always fair but God has the answers. In those years I developed morals, faith and perseverance for my struggles. Life in Minnesota seemed stable for a while; I was in the same school district for more than two years and had a few friends. My dad was full time in the National Guard but they started downsizing so there was a job fair. States that needed Guardsmen could give them offers to transfer to their location. Out of half a dozen places we ended up choosing South Carolina to be done with Minnesota winters. We believed this move was Gods will for my family when our house sold in less than twenty-four hours. Moving wasn’t all bad; I was leaving everything I knew but in that year my aunt and uncle went to Arizona, grandpa Bob died and my friend David moved to New York. Some goodbyes were hard but after middle school hell leaving meant I could reinvent myself. At that time I wanted to be a country boy and I was excited to be moving down south to Dixie. The trip down was long and we stopped in Wisconsin for more goodbyes not knowing when we would make it back up that way. Our first twelve days here we lived at a hotel while our house was being made wheelchair accessible. The May heat was like Minnesota in August but still nice after a Northern winter that just ended. When we got in the house it took about a week to meet the neighborhood kids with funny accents but we were friends before dark. That summer I felt reinvented and loved my new life but all my new friends were younger than me or in lower grades. I had no one to start school with and knew nothing about fitting in to the social classes. I bought jeans and shirts that made me feel like I was raised country hoping to get in with the “redneck” guys. They accepted me from a far and had my back but more because of their down home values then to really know me. I still felt alone and found a temporary crowd with those who didn’t quite fit the other clicks until more of my friends got there.
Deciding where to move and if we should move took some time, prayers and consideration before we did anything. My dad knew his position was in jeopardy and didn’t want to lose it for a civilian job so he was seriously interested in making a big move. Having faith my parents didn’t only want to go because they wanted to but wanted to be sure God was going with us. After many prayers as a family, from pastors and friends we were feeling led to make a move so dad looked into our options. We had offers from three states Idaho and Louisiana were the other two but South Carolina made the best offer so we chose it. My parents came here for a site visit and to find a house in one week. After seeing more expensive homes my parents found us the perfect house in York, SC that had everything on their list for the price we were seeking to pay. For whatever reason we felt called to go so like Abraham we went to a place that we didn’t know. By faith we became strangers in a foreign land in response to the request of God. We were seeking to be part of the city God had been preparing for us to be a part of (Heb. 11:8-10). We lived in that home for twenty years and became an important addition to the neighborhood as we shared our hearts and lives with others. We love the place where God lives, where His glory dwells (Ps. 26:8). From that place He looks down on us all; He forms our hearts and considers everything that we do (Ps. 33:13-15). We are being sent where we are called as sheep among wolves full of godly wisdom and innocent as doves (Mt. 10:16). South Carolina is like a den of hungry wolves at times but wherever we go God is with us and He’s not leaving.
If we are seeking where the Lord leads His dwelling is with us. We may not ever understand why we been sent but He sees what is in the heart and knows everything we are doing. Sometimes we think we heard His voice when we did what made the most sense to us. This happens when we are learning to listen so God is not disappointed. The best place to be used is anywhere we end up whether or not we have reached the promise land or are still going out to find it.
Lord teach us to listen so we can hear where you are sending us. If we have not been sent or have not went we ask that the motives of our heart would be to do what is right while we are being sent. Help us not to be intimidated when the wolves show their teeth because if we are following you than you’re with us giving us wisdom and through you we are made innocent as doves. In Jesus name, Amen.
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