Happy House Hunting
Friday, November 15, 2019
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I shared the above quote with a dear lady at church on Sunday. She was recently widowed and is now looking to sell her 4-bedroom house. However, the uncertainty of the situation – and not having a spouse to help her make the necessary decisions – are weighing heavily upon her. Thankfully, she has a son who lives a couple hours away.
My advice was relatively simple. Instead of trying to figure out the entire process from start to finish, I told her to just take the first baby step. In her case, that would be listing the house, which she has now done. Then, while it is on the market, start looking for a smaller place that fits her needs.
The bottom line is that she can’t afford to wait until she has found a new home before trying to sell her current one. I firmly believe that God, in His perfect timing, will bring along the right buyer while simultaneously revealing to her where He would have her to live next.
In my experience, God rarely shows us the “end result” beforehand. On the contrary, He urges us to take – sometimes bold – action first and to trust Him every step of the way. If we, like God, knew the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), there would be no room for faith.
That is what God did when He called Abram to leave Ur of the Chaldees. He gave Abram his marching orders, but refused to include his final destination.
Just so you know that I don’t simply dispense random advice, I am currently following my own counsel. The lot rent at our community has risen above our financial means and so, Deanna and I have decided to list our home for sale. Taking it a step farther, we have been house-hunting for several weeks and recently offered a contingency bid on a new home. It was accepted, so we are trusting that God will now bring along the right buyer for our current house.
I guess it’s called practicing what you preach. Either way, it is scriptural… and that’s all that matters.
“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’” Genesis 12:1 (ESV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President