We closed the front door for the last time and walked down the three flights of stairs and across the parking lot to the apartment office. Chelsea and I entered the familiar space and greeted the management team. Joann took us into her office and took the three keys from us - two for the front door and one for the mailbox. She closed out our account and told us everything looked good. As we made our way back across the parking lot and climbed into my car, it was hard to keep the tears from flowing. We were saying goodbye to our first home as a married couple and the apartment I had called home for two-and-a-half years. Even though I love the house we are moving to and we're both excited about the churches we will be serving, it's hard to say goodbye.
Change has never been easy for me. I'm pretty convinced that it's difficult for everyone. But change is necessary. As Jesus was getting ready to leave Earth, one of the things He told His disciples was how His leaving was a good thing. "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you" (John 16:7). You see, the disciples didn't like change either. They were heartbroken at the thought of their beloved master leaving. But Jesus told them that this change was necessary. If He left, He would leave them a gift that would be absolutely necessary for them as well as for believers down to the end of time. Yes, change is difficult and I still don't like it. But change is a necessary part of moving forward. What needs to change in your life so God can move you forward?