Moving to a New City is NOT the Answer

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” Isaiah 55:12.

“I’m over San Diego,” I told my best friend for the hundredth time. “I’m ready for something new.” What I really meant was: I’m over this stage of life and not willing to put in any more effort, so I think if I move somewhere new I will suddenly be happier.

While logically I know that’s not true, we do live in a culture that tells you to move. To change. To always be having an adventure. If you’re not backpacking Europe or learning yoga in India, you’re missing out. But here’s one thing I’ve learned over the past decade of traveling all over the world: it doesn’t matter where you are, you are still the same person with the same problems.

How many times have I seen friends move, become unhappy, move again, become unhappy, and still expect that moving will somehow solve their problems? Yes, there are new cultures and experiencing more of the world is exciting, but it doesn’t make you a better person. New location: same you.

Lately I’ve been experiencing San Diego like a new city. My heart has grown by pulling closer to God, and so my appreciation for what He has already given me has grown as well. I drove through the city after laughing with a group of friends all night, my heart soaring. I noticed the pale moon above the fog. An airplane flew across the city as I breathed in the clean, salty air.

God, look at where you’ve brought me! So far from where I was, yet in the same city after all. Praise you for learning to be content and grow where I’m planted.


Sarah Witmer