(7/9/2005 @ 6:59AM)
Please pray for our family as we will literally be homeless by the end of this month (June 31st).
Beth and I were hoping to buy a house by the end of this month. Our plan was to close on a certain house we have/had a contract on by the 15th of this month and be able to move into it by the time our lease is up on the 31st.
Our plans have fallen through since the seller has pulled the contract Wednesday, July 6th; or 11 days prior to closing. We were in the process of looking for another house to buy when we found out that our apartment has been leased to another tenant. This leaves us with 23 days to find a place to move.
We could sue the seller for not honoring the contract; but that only waste time and money and doesn’t solve the present dilemma.
It is a truly helpless and humbling feeling to have no place for your family to go with no clear path for the future. Yet with all of this bearing down upon us, we find strength and comfort in God’s words: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.”1, and Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.”2 It is very hard to kneel before the Lord and not ask why, but we know that He has a plan. We may not understand it, or even like it; but He has a perfect plan that may or may not be what we want. For as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego said in Daniel:
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.”3 (emphasis mine)
That “But if not” catches me every time; for it is the true test of faith to believe even when things don’t look like they are turning out for your benefit. It is even more difficult to maintain that faith when your basic needs are threatened.
We are also reminded of Luke’s words:
“Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If you then be not able to do that thing which is least, why are you anxious concerning the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith? And seek you not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of anxious mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”4
We prayed before we started searching for God to direct us and for His will to be done. It is easy to pray for His will to be done if we expect His will to conform to our expectations; however, it is even easy to pray that when we live by the mantra “God shuts a door but opens a window”. But how we respond when God shuts the door and the window and sets the house on fire that lets us know where our faith truly lies. This lets us know “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”5.
Jesus modeled this well for us when he prayed “Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.”6.
I praise God for the trials; He has shown me that my family; both near and far are completely devoted to Him. Whatever happens, I find joy that my family can say “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”7. I also praise God for showing me where my heart; and the heart of those in my family lie. I simply pray that God would strengthen us so that we may endure this for “we call them blessed who endured.”8. If I’ve learned nothing else I’ve learned this: It is one thing to claim to have Faith in Christ. It is something totally different to live it out.
Please pray for us in this time. Please pray for strength and endurance, please pray that His name will be glorified in whatever happens, and please pray for His will to be done.
In case you are wondering, and to stem any questions of “What are yall planning on doing now?”. Our only option left is to move back to Waynesboro and live with Beth’s mother until something can be done as far as a house. In short: “We have no idea.” We have put in a bid on a house near Goshen; but there are tenants in it that require a 30 day eviction notice. There are precious few houses on the market right now.
1 – Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJ2000)
2 – Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJ2000)
3 – Daniel 3:17-18 (WEB)
4 – Luke 12:24-31 (KJ2000)
5 – 1 Peter 1:7 (KV2000)
6 – Luke 22:42 (KJ2000)
7 – Joshua 24:15 (KJ2000)
8 – James 5:11 (WEB)