What does it mean 'to shift'?
In India it means to move. To change your location. When
you plan to move to a different house, you will mention that you are ‘shifting’
in a month.
Our new home. Dentist office on lower left.
In our case, we just shifted to a flat. Which means we
moved into an apartment in the same building as Master’s Touch Church here in
The church rents the third floor of a 4-story building.
This includes a large room or hall used for church meetings, the
adjacent flat and access to the shared rooftop terrace. The flat includes a
bedroom, office, bathroom, large kitchen and open area which we share with the
church on meeting days.
When you rent a house or apartment, what you get are the
concrete walls, roof and plumbing!
Unlike America, there are no kitchen cabinets or appliances, there are
no closets, water heater, fans or air conditioning units. Central heat is
Simple, Efficient work area.
Sink is to the left.
Shifting is a little more involved than simply packing up
your personal belongings and moving.
Arrangements had to be made for a gas cylinder, which comes with a
2-burner cooktop; a hot water tank called a ‘geezer’ was purchased and
installed. Bedroom furniture was ordered – including a wardrobe and clothes
rack in lieu of a closet.
church had furnished the kitchen and shared space. Gary and I don’t know the local languages
(Hindi and Nepali) and relied heavily on our good friend Megha who ‘knows people' and is a skilled negotiator. Thank you Megha!
Cupboard and desk for storage.
Microwave - because we can't live without one.
It would have been easier to stay where we were; comfortably
taken care of at Mike and Megha’s home.
Shifting involves decisions, it involves change, learning new things and
meeting new people.
This physical move has caused a spiritual shift in my
heart. Spiritual ‘shifting’ is necessary
to avoid complacency. It changes what
we are accustomed to, breaks us out of the ‘status quo’ and propels us further
into God’s purpose for our lives.
My personal challenge is to choose wisely. As we develop new
routines, new schedules, new habits, I am forced to reevaluate how I spend my
days and recommit to trust the Lord fully, every day.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your
own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your
paths. Prov 3:5-6 NKJV
May the Lord direct your paths today as you trust Him in
every situation. Be open to ‘shift’. To change your mindsets and habits and
embrace His mind and habits.
The Journey Continues ~ Pat and Gary
Stay tuned for the next installment as we share “What’s in
and take you on a walk through our neighborhood.