Anxious hearts are very heavy but a word of encouragement does wonders! Proverbs 12:25 TLB

On any given day, traveling around the metro area streets and highways, one can spot a U-Haul truck. OK, you might also see a Budget or Penske brand truck, but you know what I mean...A box truck that is most likely being used to move an individual or family or maybe even a business from point A to point B. I have had my share of box truck rentals, you probably have also. Maybe you remember me writing about our help in moving a friend from Denver to Minnesota a few years ago. What an adventure that was! Thinking about it, wouldn't it be interesting if you could see through the sides of a truck into the precious cargos and know the details of the situation. For instance...exciting move for small business owner who has outgrown the current location, moving on to bigger offices and a bright future. Or, young family buying their first home, moving contents of their small apartment into a 3 bedroom home with a yard. Or, newly divorced dad, moving out of the family home into a place of his own. Or, college graduate, moving cross-country to start a new career, in a new city. U-Haul trucks...a means to an end, a fresh start, new adventure, change of location. Lots of people moving lots of stuff. But it is their stuff, going with them to a new life, a new situation, maybe a new adventure. Some good moves, some sad moves.

On Sunday, my husband and I will be heading towards Phoenix, AZ with our son and his few belongings. He will be attending an automotive school for the next 15 months or so. Since we are towing his car, we can't use a rental SUV as we had originally hoped. And because there are 3 of us, we had to move from a 10 foot truck to a 14,  as 10 footers only have 2 seats, and I can't imagine each of us not having a seat of our own for the 14 hour trip! There will be lots of space for not a lot of stuff. Oh well. I envision that extra space being filled up with all the hopes and dreams our son has for his future. There will be lots of room for the excitement we share with him, as he starts this new adventure. And all the empty corners will be filled with the love we have for our sweet boy, and the Holy Spirit which I know travels alongside us.

The next time you see a U-Haul truck on the road beside you, I ask that you say a prayer for the person whose stuff is in that truck. Say a prayer for strength in their change, for confidence in their decisions, for safety in their journey. Pray that they will feel God's love and support as they head into whatever adventure they are undertaking. They might just be moving from one apartment, 2 miles down the road to another. Nevertheless, they are encountering a change and that in itself is difficult for many folks. 

The words say, "It's not easy being green," but the song is about knowing who you are. And in it you hear Jim's message most clearly. He believed that people are good and that they want to do their best and that no matter how or why we might be different from anybody else, we should learn to love who we are and be proud of it. ~Ray Charles (pg 13 It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson, The Muppets, And Friends)

Andrea Heshmati

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