June 2nd, 2012| Topic: RaMbLeS | 12


Another moving story (in more ways than one!).

After thirteen or so years, my brother’s job is moving him from South Carolina. Finally, they’ve come to their senses and decided to relocate to Texas.

Moves are tough.

(As a single person who has had to sever his closest ties with each move—and I’ve made a few myself—I can vouch for that. Moves are tough, indeed.)

Yup, moves are tough. No, you don’t lose your friends. No, it’s not that you will never ever go back to the place you are moving from. In these days of mobility and connectivity, that kind of permanent loss does not happen.

But things were hard, my sister-in-law tells me, two days ago as their moving truck drove out, and yesterday as they bid goodbye to their home and began the drive to paradise the Lone Star State.

The thing that hits you is change. It hits you hard that things have changed, time has passed, and that nothing can be reversed. There is no going back to re-live the memories of your elementary and middle schoolers, their growing up, their struggles, their victories …. Things have changed. There is no return to the memories of yesteryear, the relationships that once were, the friends once relished, the activities once enjoyed. Things have changed. There is no opportunity to turn back the clock, correct the mistakes, do things that were undone. Things have changed.

And there is no more the security of the known, understood, and loved. Only the future, with its obscurity, strangeness, and uncertainty.

In some sense, as one moves, one has to create a new identity, for the old is partially erased: new friends, new places, new routines, new everything. The loss is hard.

Moves are tough.

All through the Bible, folks have moved. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and a whole host of others, including the entire nation of Israel—they, more than once. In fact, Christian life itself, is pictured often as a move, a journey, a walk.

… as Christ was raised from the dead …
so we … walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:4

In the early days of Christianity, believers were collectively called people of “The Way.” And a whole Gospel, Mark’s (shameless plug: read about a brand new commentary here), is structured as a move, the “Trip of Discipleship.” It seems like this is God’s modus operandi. To get us to uproot. To shake us out of our comfort zones. To make us look elsewhere for our stability.

By faith Abraham, when he was called,
obeyed by going out to a place
which he was to receive for an inheritance;
and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise,
as in a foreign land, …
for he was looking for the city which has foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.
Hebrews 11:8–10

Yup, there is only One who is stable, unshakeable, unchangeable. The Rock who is our God.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
For who is God, but the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God,
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be the God of my salvation.
Psalm 18:2, 31, 46

Moves are tough. But you know what? It gets us to focus on the One who doesn’t move.

And he who has brought us safe thus far will surely lead us Home.


  1. Robert Matthews June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I’m glad to hear of more Kuruvillas in Texas. It will add to the state’s beauty and worth!

  2. Jacob Kuruvilla June 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Thanks so much for this post. This was exactly what I needed to hear!

    Can’t wait to see you some more now that we’re in Texas!


  3. Rick & Gina June 4, 2012 at 10:27 am


    Thanks again for your amazing ability to weave GOD’s Word into all you excellent blogs!!!
    You have been gifted with many talents, brains, and the desire to use them to GOD’s Glory!!! Keep on keeoping on!!!

    In Christ we trust,
    RIck & Gina
    “Semper Fi”

  4. Joe & Chris Santee June 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Great message & so timely for us. We are trusting Him for this move for us.

    Great to hear your brother & sis-in-law are coming west. Where in the Lone Star Republic will they be? This means that your Dad’s trips will be less cumbersome for him since you will both be in the same area.

    Thanks again for your blog. It’s always good reading & challenges.

  5. Ted & Kay June 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    How exciting that your brother will be coming to paradise – we’ll be praying for him and his family. It has been way too long since we have been in touch – need to catch up soon!

    • Abe Kuruvilla June 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Ted and Kay.

      Yup, they’ll need prayer for paradise!

      Seriously, I appreciate y’all’s prayers.

      And, yes, of course, let’s eat some “dead cow” together!


  6. Shanthi June 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Thank you so much for your “Moving” message.
    Absolutely true.


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