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We Move When the Cloud Moves

We Move When the Cloud Moves

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Published by Rob Wilkerson
The wait-time in life's difficult transitions can be excruciating mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here's a sneak-peak into my current transition and what I've learned from something as simple as...a cloud.
The wait-time in life's difficult transitions can be excruciating mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here's a sneak-peak into my current transition and what I've learned from something as simple as...a cloud.

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Lessons on the Wait-Time During Difficult Transitions
Transitions in life can be excruciating. This is especially so for one simple reason: the wait time.
Waiting on God during transitions in life is far more trying on our patience than waiting in a doctor’s
office, or waiting in line for an amusement park ride on a hot summer day, or waiting in the automechanic shop while your car is being repaired, or even waiting through a pregnancy. As difficult as all
of these are, they only last a moment compared to the bigger wait during life’s more difficult trans
itions.These times include the wait time to important milestones in raising children, waiting on a spouse tomature spiritually, finding a new job (or just plain finding a job at all!), moving to a new city, finding achurch where you can belong, getting pregnant, overcoming a sin pattern, raising money for animportant purchase. Fill in the blank.
If you’ve ever lived in a transition or are living through one right
now, you know what is causing you the most pain in that wait-time.
We Will Move
 When the Cloud Moves
 
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Some Personal Background
Right now, at this season in life, my pain is in the wait-
time during our transition to a new city. We’ve
completed the bigger mission God called us to in the city where we live right now. And God has made itquite clear to us that the next part of His mission includes a move to a new city and a new local churchwhere we
ll serve the body and the community. Perhaps you can somewhat relate to the crunch when I
explain what it’s like in the meantime.
 
I own a computer business in town. It’s just me, no employees. While I do “bench work” (work
ing oncomputers in my shop), my main goal is to sell cloud network and storage contracts, workstation
optimization contracts, and IP telephony contracts. In short, I use the “cloud” to build networks, work
on computers remotely, and move businesses from
“landline” telephones to internet phones. Now,with that comes support. And if I sell contracts locally, where I am now, it’s difficult to see how I can
support those customers after I move. That in turn makes it difficult to grow my business, which makesit difficult to make a living.My wife is a baker and substitute school teacher. She started working at a local bakery aroundNovember last year. She works twenty to thirty hours per week at just above minimum wage, which isironically just what she was making when we first got married! She has also started her own business as
a birth doula and childbirth instructor. She’s so smart and focused. But then again, I’m pretty biased.
He clientele is local also, like mine. And since we would like to make a transition this summer, it is
difficult to take on new clients because we probably won’t be living here when it’s time to give birth. Or
will we?Together, we bring in significantly less than we actually need to pay all the bills each month. In short,we live well below the poverty level here in Georgia. At least financially, anyway. It has literally beenthe Lord who has provided food for us each month. We are nearing another time this week when weneed to buy more groceries, and the money isn
’t there. It’s sort of been like this for a year now. Andour faithful God has always provided our “daily bread” when we need it. Learning to pray like Jesustaught His followers (what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” today) has included a whole new understa
nding of 
the phrase, “give us today our daily bread,” something we knew little about previous to this last year.
 
So here we are, in this…waiting…time…period. How will we make ends meet when we can’t grow a
business or make enough money? How
should 
we at
tempt to make ends meet? What is the “balance”
between waiting on God to provide and me providing for my family? What is a waiting period supposedto look like while we wait on God? How does life transpire while waiting on God to provide manna eachday and lead the way to the next encampment? It is this last question, shaped by the children of Israelin the wilderness, led by God and provided for by God each and every day that is shaping my life rightnow. And it shapes the lives of all those who are waiting on God in difficult transitions.
What NOT to Do While Waiting in Transition
The saints who were led by pastor James, the brother of Jesus, lived in difficult transition times. Havingbeen chased out of Jerusalem and scattered all over the place due to persecution, probably by KingHerod and/or the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem (covering the events between Acts 7-12). No doubtduring these difficult days the believers were tempted and tried in all manner of ways. One such
 
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temptation was a self-
confidence making of plans, but in a way that didn’t acknowledge or submit to the
sovereignty of God. I can definitely put myself in the sandals of those believers on this particular issue.
There’s a strangeness to waiting that puts one in a constant feeling of limbo. You just never seem to
know for sure what you should do. One day you think you get some clarity on something and you beginto pursue it. Then a day or two later it all turns foggy as the very nature of transition and its variouselements begin to cloud your thinking. The strong confidence you had about something one day turnsto a wishy-washy feeling of doubt, confusion and discouragement one or two days later. One day you
think you’re going to go here or there, and within the week it’s so totally changed and you knoweveryone’s looking at you thinking you’re so flaky and you can’t make up your mind.
 James knew this was definitely going on the minds, hearts, and lives of his dear people. So he wrote tothem about it, and we find it in the final verses of chapter 4 in his letter.
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow 
we are going to a certain town and will 
stay there for a year. We will do business there and make a profit.How do you know 
what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog
– 
 
it’s here a littlewhile, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such
boasting is evil.
Wow. That hits me like a rock from David’s slingshot, right between the eyes, dropping me hard,
face
down on the ground…which is where I need to be anyway. When our mission with the church planthere was completed, I distinctly remember telling our core group, “We’ll be moving on up to Atlantalater this summer, even if we haven’t sold our house yet.” Unbelievable. I fell right into tha
t trap. Theair was thick that night with my pride and self-confidence. I wanted to lead these people well, and Iwanted to be a model of someone who was well-thought-out on the matter, and had already lined up aplan. What an idiot.
There was not a hint that night of a submission to and trust in God’s sovereignty. James 4 was nowhereon my “radar.” There was just evil boasting. What a way to lead people, huh? But we’ve repented
since then. Thank God for grace, right? He has forgiven us and given us many more opportunities in the
last three months to obey that passage in James and to truly mean it when we say, “If the Lord wants usto, we’ll move to Atlanta this summer, hopefully before school starts,
if 
the
Lord provides a job for me.”
 
I’ve tacked phrases like “Lord willing” on the end of my plans for years. But I’m not sure I
really 
meant
it…or deeply understood the implications. Several verses before, James told his people, “
God opposesthe proud, but favors the humble
” (v. 6). There’s the root of the teaching. Pride stimulates us to makeplans without regard to God’s sovereignty. Humility reminds us of our place in God’s bigger picture.
 
A Reminder of How God Leads
It’s funny to me that James was writing to Jews. By far they are a race of people with
the
most rich,spiritual heritage in world history. The average Jew heard the Old Testament and its stories andteachings
 far 
more times than any Christian today would have ever heard the Bible preached and
taught. No doubt there were “nominal” Jews who just lived their lives with no regard for God or His
word. But overall
, the average Jew would have a pretty good picture of where they came from. So it’s
always been
funny to me that the Jews James was writing to wouldn’t have remembered their heritage

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