It’s been a crazy three weeks. But we’re finally at home in our new digs. Some of you know our story, but I’d like to share it in full because the Lord is so cool.
My bride and I bought our first home 15 years ago. A small starter with just under a thousand square feet. It was perfect. Over those years, four children came along, and our little home became cramped. I remember sitting with my bride one New Years Eve and talking about our goals for the coming year.
“I want to sell our home.”
We continued as usual for a few years, but the desire to sell remained on the forefront. When the Lord blessed me with one of the largest schools in the county, we decided to go for it. We had good equity in our home, but the market was so bad , we had slim hopes of making enough money off our sale to expand our living space. I asked our real estate agent what our best case scenario was.
“Someone offers you cash for the home as is.”
In other words, no updates or repair cost on our part. I asked her what chance we had of getting a cash offer.
“Not likely. But the Lord can do anything.”
Our home sold in 5 days to a cash buyer.
With the money from our sale, I thought the hardest part was behind us. We moved into an apartment for seven months and began our search.
Boy was I wrong. We found a beautiful, spacious home pretty quick and set the closing for a month before our lease ran out.
The day before closing, the deal fell through. The home appraised for $38,000 less than we offered.
Two additional homes fell through for the same reason. We had to extend our lease for five more months. Through it all the Lord stretched our faith to new heights despite lingering doubts. Did we hear wrong? Should we have sold our home?
With our lease running out, we decided to try for the first home again, hoping that God had a purpose in the first appraisal failing.
The appraisal passed and we moved in last Wednesday 🙂
God is seldom early, but He’s always faithful. As we sat in the living room of our new digs, our appreciation far exceeded what it would’ve been had we bought the house the first time. I’m so thankful for God’s goodness, mercy, and provision. We don’t deserve this home, but He specializes in giving us what we haven’t earned.