The moment we walked in the door, we knew.
“This is THE house,” I whispered.
“I know,” hubby agreed.
Now, I have lots of crazy ideas, but when hubby agrees with me, I know I’m on to something. What made it so right for us? First off, it was beautiful and huge with a good-sized casita attached, which would make it possible for us to grow our fledgling business and continue to run it from home. It was also located across the street from the church we attended, a church we loved and could see attending for years to come. And finally, we had just enough equity available in our “starter home” to make the leap.
We spiffed up and listed our home, confident that we were stepping into God’s best for us and He would clear our path. Our realtor worked so hard for us. She listed our home with amazing photos, advised us on staging and scheduled several open houses. We were excited to take the next step on our journey.
Deus Autem. But God . . . .
We listed in November and for the first time in recent years it rained buckets every weekend, dousing our realtor’s beautiful open house plans. We had a couple of nibbles from the online listing, but it soon became clear that the price was an issue. What do we do now, God? We really NEEDED every bit of equity to get into our new home. After weeks of prayer and two-person budget meetings, our decision became clear. We would give up the dream house. We grieved briefly, but grief quickly turned to relief. God had proven faithful to us through many “yeses and nos,” so if He was blocking this plan, He surely had a better one.
New International Version (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
It has been years since God told us to stay, and now more than ever, we are so thankful He did.
Since He told us “no,” our dream home has been in foreclosure not once, but twice. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention we were trying to finagle all this at the peak of the market.
Since He blocked our path, we have found a church home unlike any other we have experienced. Through their ministry, God brought us three of our four kids and we have built a community of friends without whom our crazy life would be overwhelming.
Since He gave us a new dream, our business has flourished and required far more room than we could ever dream. Dear ones, I could go on and on with examples of how God has proven faithful to us in the “no.”
Can I just encourage you for a minute? If God is telling you no, just let it go. He has something far better for you, I promise. Better yet, He promises. Someday you will look back and see what your life would have been if you forced your own will and you will be grateful you followed Him instead of yourself. I know I am.
Loving His Leading,