After what seems to be an eternity, my wife and I are now settled in (well at least in possession of) our new house. What started last December when we found out we were moving, has now finished almost 11 months later.
I’ll admit that there were many days that I did question whether this day would ever get here. After all, we were not even close to our timeline. In fact, we were scheduled to move in Sept 13, but God decided to let it rain a little here (understatement of the year). After a few more builder delays, we finally got to see a slab foundation, and then soon after walls. Then, a roof, siding, and finally interior finishing.
With just a month left, we could see the end, and were poised to close on Nov 20. However, not everything was in place just yet, and we were delayed several more times until today, our move in day.
But last week, specifically Thursday was probably the most trying day of all. You see, we got the appraisal back, and due to specific VA guidelines, the lender would not approve the mortgage. At the same time, we found out that our apartment had been rented, and we had 6 days to move out (with no place to go). Finally, on Thursday afternoon, after much much much much anticipation, we finally received word that everything lined up for a Tuesday 11/26 closing.
I could not have imagined early on Thursday that there was a possible way for us to get all the paperwork signed, submitted, approved, and cleared to get here today. However, this is much like how God works.
He doesn’t follow OUR rules. He is not limited by OUR imagination. He does not follow OUR logic in accomplishing tasks. God’s ways are not our ways.
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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
We feel stressed and unfortunate when we are reminded of that when we try to do things our way. It’s so easy to fall victim to not trusting God, or thinking that maybe He has another plan. Yet, many times, I feel like God has to remind us to be patient. You see … (end of part 1)