Moving Toward Greatness

by Christina Rose

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.”  Genesis 12:1-2 NLT

When God asked Abraham to trust him by leaving all he had ever known to take his family and travel to a foreign land, it required enormous faith.  “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.”  (Hebrews 11:8 NLT)

God promised Abraham a great inheritance because of his trust. “And [Abraham] believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6 ESV).

As I approached my 60th birthday, I knew a big move was in store for me, but I didn’t have the details. I was repeatedly moved out of my comfort zone, so that I would be ready to leave when I was given guidance. I sold or gave away almost everything I owned. Then suddenly, through synchronistic events, it became clear that I would be moving to Florida.

My elderly Aunt Joan was in declining health and needed someone to help her. I did not want to leave my adult daughters in California. But God started shutting doors quickly to show me that it was time.

The evening before my long drive to Florida, I stared at the tiny pod that held the remainder of my meager possessions. Panic and fear gripped me as I cried to the sky, “I can’t believe you’re making me start over at 60!” A soft whisper answered, “I can’t believe you’re giving up at 60.”  God continued to reassure me that He was with me.

Abraham would never have achieved greatness had he not obeyed God’s call to move. As I tearfully waved goodbye to my daughters the next morning, I prayed for the same faith that Abraham had when he left the life he had always known.

For five months I cared for Aunt Joan, taking her shopping, making her meals, caring for her yard and home. During those months there was plenty of time to pray and ponder on the beach.  It was the first time in many years that I wasn’t juggling a long commute to a stressful job, and managing a house, bills, and kids on my own.

I had accepted being worn out and weary as my normal state of being. And like me, Aunt Joan was still trying to find peace with her divorce, relying on her tiny dog for company while she waited for her two adult daughters to come home.  I had never seen these things about myself until I saw them in Aunt Joan.   

Once my assignment in Florida ended, I moved to Denver to live with extended family. As the sun sets over the mountains each evening, I think of my daughters in California and know that I will be returning to them soon. Our lives will be restored, better than before.

While sometimes life is confusing to us, it is never confusing to God. He is a God of strategy and is our constant companion as He moves us towards the greatness of His mighty plan. He is worthy of our trust and rewards those who choose to believe Him.

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christina roseAbout the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership.  She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. A devoted mom of two daughters and great aunt to over 40 nieces and nephews, Christina loves spending time in nature and hosting gatherings for family and friends.

Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. Her marriage in shambles, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself. After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power that is available to us all, especially those who are in need of hope and freedom.

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