by Marilyn Ehle
â€œâ€¦you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.â€? Acts 1:8
Most women find great comfort in what might be called â€œsettlednessâ€?â€”all moving boxes quickly unpacked, pictures on the walls, furniture in place. For them, to contemplate the idea of uprooting family again is not only unpleasant, but fearful.
Other womenâ€”perhaps a minority?â€”can hardly wait to see what new people, events, houses lie around the next corner. When their job, or their husbandâ€™s, requires a move, they march ahead with enthusiasm and vigor.
Theologian John Calvin encouraged Christians to be both â€œtrekkers and settlers.â€? He envisioned Christians moving with determination into population centers, commerce and education to influence all of society and thenâ€”as God instructed His people centuries earlierâ€”â€œBuild houses and settle down; plant gardensâ€¦marry and have sons and daughtersâ€¦seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried youâ€¦â€? (Jeremiah 29:5-7)
First century Christians were scattered because of persecution. The apostle Peter reminded them that even in the midst of that danger, they were chosen by God and that their faith would result in â€œpraise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.â€?
We experience a variety of seasons in our livesâ€”sometimes we are called to be trekkers and other times we are settlers. Our call as Christians is to be always alert to the whispers of God and be ready to moveâ€”or stay. Wherever God places us, we can be confident that His Spirit will supply our needs so that we can be a blessing to those around us.
How grateful I am, Father that my grandparents dared to be trekkers as they risked so much to settle here in this country. Help me express that same willingness to be your person in whatever place you call me toâ€”for Kingdom purposes so much greater than safety and security.
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