Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Move On

The other day while reading a devotional on, the Lord highlighted two little words that appear at the bottom of every page on the website’s devotionals—Move on.

These two little words speak volumes. While their placement at the bottom of each devotional page on SacredSpace is merely an aid to turning the page when ready, “move on” resounds throughout Scripture as God addresses His people:

  • Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now!”
  • Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me.’”
  • Luke 9:62 “Jesus said to him, ‘Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.’”
  • Philippians 3:13-14 “The one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” 
  • Hebrews 5:12, 6:1 “There has been enough time for you to be teachers—yet you still need someone to teach you the first lessons of God's message . . . Let us go forward, then, to mature teaching . . .”
  • Hebrews 12:1-2 "Let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end."

Sometimes, I find it hard to move on. I get comfortable—in a routine, a place, a way of doing things—and resist change. However, throughout my life, God has called me to “move on”—to new places, new opportunities, new challenges, new ways of thinking—and the changes have always been good. I may not recognize the goodness for a while, but eventually I have that “Aha” moment when I put on my God-glasses and see things from His point of view.

Is God calling you to “move on” in some area of your life? What have you learned from obeying that call in the past?


And for all our UMC friends, no, this post does not mean we are moving this year! LOL!

 ©2016 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Hi Pam! I am one who likes change. i don't like sameness, except when it comes to staying as a pastor at a church I love. I would only leave here if God said, "time to go Bill." Then it would need to be a really really big 2x4 across my head. However, even as I stay, change happens. I'm excited about it. I love moving on when it is the right kind.

    1. My husband likes change also. As I have grown older, physically and emotionally moving on has become more difficult for me. However I pray that is not true of my spiritual life.

  2. "God glasses". I like that. To see with eyes of wisdom, and yeah, I'm with you, it usually is always in hindsight, is the grace of God. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. God's grace can carry us through whatever challenges moving on might bring. :)

  3. Four years ago, my husband and I moved. Not far in miles, but quite far in terms of surroundings. City to little mountain town. Just across town from family, to hours away. Even now, I still struggle with the change, and there is a part of me that still hasn't fully "moved on."

    But God is with me. Here, there, everywhere.

    This is the race before me - help me, Lord, to run well.


    1. I know just how you feel, Sharon. But, like you said, God is always with us wherever we moving on might take us. :)

  4. It is getting easier to let go of things, even people as I get older for I can look back and clearly see the damage holding on to something God wants me to let go has taken my freedom, insight, peace and creativity to be used of God. Good remindes

    1. I find that to be true in my own life, too, Betty.