|Our Christmas Card photo from 2007, with our new house.|
One of my biggest prayer requests throughout this journey into full-time ministry has been regarding our house. Of course, like many others here in Phoenix, we bought our house at the peak of the housing boom and values have plummeted. It felt impossible to consider selling it…it seemed like a huge barrier to joining Campus Crusade for Christ and following God’s calling to Florida. But as God was changing our hearts and drawing us to Florida, we had to trust Him that He would provide a way and take care of the house details.
We put our house on the market back in August and began the long process of negotiating with the bank. God blessed the process by allowing the bank to work with us in the midst of Nate’s unemployment and bringing some solid buyers who were offering a good price for the home in this market. We have seen example after example of friends and family who have tried to sell their Arizona homes only to have buyers back out or experience multiple bank denials. We had to trust that because God is calling us to Florida, He would provide a way for the deal to move forward.
Then, a couple weeks before Christmas, we learned that the deal would likely close around the first of the year. This brought a whole new batch of anxieties for me! The idea of packing up our house in two weeks before Christmas and finding a new place to rent before our trip to Colorado was overwhelming. I found myself tied up in knots worrying about things I couldn’t control.
It turns out that just like God promises, I really did not need to worry at all. That He had all the details under control and was providing for us even beyond our imagination!
We had been searching for a rental and were about to put down a deposit when the new owners approached us saying they really wanted us to stay and rent the house from them. We really didn’t think we would be able to afford the rent since we know what houses in our neighborhood are renting for, but the new owners were willing to discount the rent to meet our requirements in order to keep good renters who would take care of the house for them. They were also willing to let us rent it on a month-to-month basis, giving us the freedom to leave for Florida as soon as God provides our full support.
So instead of having to find a new rental, sign a long lease, and move across town in the middle of the holiday season, we were able to stay in our home, take care of the place, and pay less rent in a situation that is good for everyone. It worked out better than we even imagined it could.
It makes me wonder, why was I so worried? God had everything planned perfectly. He has provided for us over and over again through the years, and yet I feel like I am constantly learning this lesson. I have to remind myself every day that He is ultimately trustworthy, especially as we continue in this process of raising our support and following His calling into full-time ministry.
But it is a constant encouragement and reminder to trust in His faithfulness as I walk these hallways and vacuum these floors and put my little boys to sleep in their very own bedrooms each night. God is good, and I can trust Him completely.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:31-34, NLT