Restarting Life

I like being comfortable. I enjoy a routine, knowing what's coming next and how to get there. It's the comfort of that purple line on a GPS, a filled in calendar on my smart phone, or a clearly marked Order of Service for the time of weekly worship. The comfort of the known only comes after being in the same place, doing the same thing, for a long time.

For the Huff family, all that got thrown out the window a few weeks ago. Now we've hit the "Restart" button on life and are beginning anew with everything down in beautiful Hixson, Tennessee. We are firmly in the unknown, learning new streets, new faces, and new routines. But it isn't completely new. We are still with the same family. Sure, the names and faces are different, but we're still related to one another through Christ. Plus, our little family of five is back together, bringing some known quantities. And, most importantly, our God remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Over the past few weeks I've taken a break, somewhat unintentionally, from a lot of social media and had to focus on my new job. I've really enjoyed getting to know people and trying to remember all their names. It's been nice to work on computers and organize cords and files. However, it all still feels disconcertingly unfamiliar, like pair of new shoes that need to be broken in. I'm sure, given time, it will all come together. But at this moment I have to really rely on our unchanging God to get through it all.

One thing that hasn't changed is my love for leading in worship. Even with all the newness of people and technology and places and routines, that feels the same. I think it's because that aspect of our lives is linked to our future life in eternity. It's familiar because it fulfills a longing we are all born with. For those of you who have worshiped with other saints abroad, you'll know what I'm talking about. There is a kinship all Christians feel with one another, even through the boundaries of language, style, and culture. When I live the words of Psalm 47 -"Shout to God with loud songs of joy!"- I know millions of others are doing the same thing around the world. In that way my life is always anchored in the unchanging truth of God's Word, living life with God's people. So, no matter how many restarts of life occur because of moves or death or trial, I can rest on the unchangeable foundation of God Himself. I will rest in that as I continue in His work.

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