The freedom of living life with open hands.
I have recently returned from a visit to the United States, the place I used to call home for 10 years. It was a very beautiful experience and I am so grateful I had the privilege of being able to go back and visit after 5 years of living in Australia. It was surreal, and the month I had spent there with my husband felt short and long at the same time. I had imagined countless times before going how it would feel to be back and to revisit the same old places that have such a dear place in my heart. I used to feel so tied to them and it was such a burden just to think about them sometimes because it would make me realise just how far away I was from them. During my stay there, God had showed me that I was no longer connected to my hometown, though it was so precious being able to see old places again. He taught me that it is not places that He wants us to be dependent on but Himself. He also made me understand in a fresh way that He is not limited to a time or a place but that He is a fluid, all-encompassing God. He is always up to something new and though we should never forget where we came from and how far God had brought us, we are not meant to live in the past but in the present moment. So I gently let go of the places that held such a special place in my heart and I am free to rejoice in what God had prepared for me! We need to fully embrace the place where God had placed us in and to seek out His purposes for our lives there. Life changes but God stays the same. May He be the constant we long for all the days of our lives!