After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1.1-9
When you see LORD spelled in all caps in the Old Testament, it means GOD HIMSELF. God Himself spoke to Joshua words that may seem harsh to some – but it was a reality check for Joshua. Moses, My servant is dead. Thirty days had passed since Moses died on Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34.1-12). The time of mourning was over and it was time to move on.
October 27, 2012, our Mother entered the gates of heaven – soon after that my sister left the county and moved back to Florida. We stayed until now; however, our home is under contract and we have signed a lease for a downtown flat near our daughter.
It is time to move on.
Last week, Hannah, our 21-year old granddaughter was here helping me sort through some things. We boxed up. We threw away. And, we made a donation bag. She came across a box of old photos.
Mimz, this house holds so many memories of growing up. How can you let it go?
Of course, that opened a long conversation and I took her to Joshua 1! I love going to scripture to make a point!!! We serve a right-now, relevant, relational God. When God told Joshua, “Moses My servant is dead – arise and GO,” it was not to be hurtful and mean it was to give Josh’ the push he needed AND a blessing!!!
THAT is where I believe we are. Father has given His blessing to go.
Memories? O! Yes, so many. Some good. Some not-so-good. But, we will treasure the good ones and discard the not-so-good! Memories are holy. And, there will be many occasions for opening the recesses of our minds and hearts to remember.
Do you recall the song Barbra Streisand sang 40-some years ago?
Light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Of the smiles we left behind…
We are leaving many smiles tucked in the corners of this home. The walls and recesses are filled with laughter. The kitchen floor is stamped with dancing feet. The front porch is graced with summer sunshine and the imprints of grandchildren in and out of the squeaky screen door! The garden is rich with hard-work and sweat. Bedrooms sing with love and night-time talks. The office is painted with integrity and excellent work ethics. And, the laundry room? A holy and sanctified battleground of prayer. That room has seen a friend healed. Children prayed over. Prodigals called home. Hard truth and harder rebukes. Our floors wear the indent of knees and hearts bowed down.
Thirty years we have called this home – but we are as excited as a newly-married couple to begin our season of Urban living – we were called Urbanites over the weekend! I like the sound of that. Don’t you? I have no idea what we will do at the end of a year’s lease but I know one thing. God will be involved and He will either tell us to “GO” or to “STAY” — I am completely confident in Him! We will not be afraid nor dismayed because we know the LORD our God is with us wherever we go!
What are some of the memories lighting the corners of your home?