We arrived in Arizona yesterday; the first time in my life I won’t live in California. I left the familiar behind and moved into the uncharted water of new everything: streets and freeways, landscape, people. It’s exciting. . and a little scary.

God’s Presence in New Places

As I navigate a new state, city, neighborhood, house, and church, apprehension dissipates when I read God’s Words in Jeremiah 23:23, “Am I only a God of nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God of far away?” God travels with me from California to Arizona.

I know there will be plenty of times I feel lost. Literally. I have no sense of direction. GPS helps, but it will take me a long time to go anywhere with confidence.  And  questions rattle around in my heart: where do I fit in this new community? In this sea of new faces, who will be my friends? How do I serve in my church? What do I do with my time now I’m retired?

I moved to a new everything, but the most important thing-or rather, the most important person-God, went with me. “Who can hide in secret places, so that I cannot see them” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 23:24). He fills the heaven and the earth, whether I’m in California or Arizona.

God Moves in the New

Already I see  Him moving, preparing the way. His Word is written on the foundation of our home, verses we prayed in every room. So far, every bump in the road has been straightened out. Questions answered. Tasks completed. There’s been nothing to stress over.

But even if there was, God always knows what I’m thinking and feeling, rejoicing over and worried about. Psalm 139 reminds me:

Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

New Brings Grateful Expectation

And so, I look forward with grateful expectation.
I start my first day in Arizona with Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

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