What State Are You In?

Philippians 4:11
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content


Written by: Chris Moss

In the first 20 years of our marriage, my husband and I moved 13 times to eight different states. Our longest stay anywhere was four years and our shortest was only 10 months. (Sorry, Ohio! I could only handle one of your winters.) I sometimes had to remind myself what state I was in!

Moving can be one of the scariest things ever. The emptiness in the pit of your stomach is not fillable. The idea of leaving people you love, along with doctors, schools, churches, and hairdressers (this is no small thing!) is enough to send you into a catatonic state while all the things that need to get done go undone—Because you are undone with fear.

Fear of the losses. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the calendar, the schedule, and the all-consuming and never-ending to-do list. And once the move is made, there is more fear: fear of rejection; fear of failure.

You may not be moving today or ever, but I bet you have experienced change. Change is unsettling. It puts you in an uncomfortable state, whether you are moving from one state to another or it is something simpler. It can be upsetting as you feel the balance beneath you shift. It feels like someone or something is driving the ship you are meant to captain. There is no going back to the shore of what used to be, but what lies ahead is unclear and unknown. You may not know where you are going, how far it away it is, or how long it will take.

God wants us to be content in the change. He wants us to lean into Him during these times. He wants you to trust Him to captain your ship through all of the stormy changes because He planned this for your growth with love. He knows where you are going, why you are going, and how long it will take to get “there.” He knows it—all of it. And He knows the benefits of the changes.

Unafraid Devo 5.23Thought of the day: We can do hard things for a long time. Hard things give us strength for whatever God has planned next. Remember this verse: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

Prayer: God: To build Your Kingdom on earth will take change, starting with us. We are so often afraid of change that it puts us in a state. But we can become content, no matter what state we are in, and trust You will captain our ship through all the changes, the whys, and the how-long-will-it-takes until I’m comfortable again. And on the other side of change, we will be prepared for whatever You had in mind all along—which is probably more exciting than anything we could dream of! We can do all of this, and more, in Jesus’ name, because You give us strength to face our fears. In Jesus’ name, amen.