change – even good change – is never easy

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me… – Philippians 1:6-7

David and Beks watching the moving van (Naomi Campbell)

Change is never easy; although without it we would be missing one of the most telling elements of the definition of life.

It’s not that change is necessary for its own sake, so much as that change is one of the symptoms of dynamic life. Sometimes change is subtle, sometimes it’s more dramatic; but without change the balance of growth begins to tip away from life.

This photograph gives a glimpse into the huge change this week that is central to our daughter Naomi’s unfolding family story. The Campbells – Naomi, Craig, David, and Beks (along with their pets, Star and Capriccio) – are packing up their Connecticut home and moving to Richmond, Virginia.

It has been a difficult and a courageous decision, made in response to the understanding that rural Connecticut has failed to offer the quality of opportunity necessary for such a gifted, creative, gregarious, and faithful family to engage their potential and to share it with the world.

In other words, Naomi and Craig are not content to set life on cruise control, and simply coast into their tomorrows; they know that the challenges and joys God has in store for them require this kind of change, and so the pain of leaving is mixed with the hope of faith and promise.

leaving Brandon

LEAP OF FAITH: The photograph of David and Beks looking out into the uncertainty of tomorrow causes me think about this time last year, when Rebekah and I left the comfort and predictability of our life in Florida, packed up our house, and took off for North Carolina.

It was a giant step of faith; but God knew exactly why he called us here, and we are living into God’s purposes with such a renewed sense of passion and joy because God did not imagine transforming this community of faith without intending to transform us too.

because God did not imagine transforming this community of faith without intending to transform us too.

And that is exactly what God has in mind for Naomi and Craig’s young family. In Richmond there are people, and there is opportunity; and I believe there is a community of faith where the Campbell family will respond to God’s initiatives in such a way that they will grow in grace, and in confidence, and where their gifts will be used to bring the Good News of the Gospel of Love into clearer focus, and to more young adults.

Beks (Naomi Campbell)

God is up to something! I know it. God is up to something here in Wake Forest, and it is God’s abiding purpose to be up to something in and through the lives of all his children. I can’t wait to see what happens in Richmond…

And the fact that we will be just 130 miles away from the grandchildren? That’s just gravy…

In Love, and in the confidence of Promise – DEREK


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