Transition. Change. Time to move again. Is it that time in your life, too?

We all go through these times of transition and change, but it occurs even more often for many families here at The Vine due to being in the military. Sometimes it’s enjoyable, and maybe even a relief, but often it can be quite hard and unsettling to us and to our families. I can certainly relate to either of these scenarios.

Two years ago my wife and I sold our home and vehicles and moved to Israel to volunteer with a Christian ministry in Jerusalem. Exciting. Awesome. The land where Jesus lived! Then five months later our first grandchild was born! Now it was more difficult to be separated by thousands of miles. Many of you can relate: the deployments, the TDY’s, the frequent moves—usually farther away from family.

Now after two years we’re back in the U.S., and—praise be to God—living in the same town as our grandson, daughter and son-in-law, and even serving at the same church! Only God could orchestrate all of this!

As great as this is for us, it is still a big transition; it’s still a lot of change. Three months ago I was sitting at the base of the massive stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem and today I am sitting within the walls of a metal church building in eastern New Mexico. Talk about change! From the powder keg of the Middle East to the quiet plains of the Southwest.

But through it all, God is with us and He gives us the grace to adapt and flourish. Yes, the changes that we experience can be difficult and challenging, but as the Lord said to the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). And in the midst of the challenges of transition and change, our loving Father gives us another promise to hold onto: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT).

So be encouraged today that the God who never changes goes before you, and with you, through the myriad of changes and transitions in your life and mine!

Dan Brown