We are officially listing the house with a Realtor today. The sign will be in the yard in just a little bit. We chose a listing price $3,000 under the appraised value and are asking God to bring a fast top dollar offer quickly.
We really do like our Realtor and she does a great job at being realistic and then offering advice, but as she left Tim looked at me and just said that made me sad. I agree. Although, God began the process of letting go of our house a long time ago, it is still sad.
It is an inanimate object. A thing. The only good a house can have is if it is used for the glory of God, and that is and was our dream for any place that God has and will allow us to live in. But it will not change the fact that this house will hold a special, sentimental place in our heart. If we ever have straight up cash to pay for housing, we would build the same house all over again (OK we would change a couple minor things – like what doors we use, but pretty much we’d do it all over again).
The process of designing the floor plan, building a house, making house decisions is a process that we were told over and over takes a toll on a relationship and always goes over budget. What we learned in the process of designing and building this house is that we were able to keep our budget, we work well together, and we like what we can design together. We would have lived here till we died if God did not allow life to be altered.
But today we are reminded that relationships and loving each other is far more important than our location, our house, or the things that surround us. We are learning that we are not and do not need to be in control – that is God’s job alone.
We do not know where we are going, where the next job will be, where we are going to be living next, but we do know without a shadow of doubt that God is in control and He knows the answer to every question we hold. We are given today to walk, to trust, to grow and to let go of everything that hinders us.
God is Powerful. God is Good.
“O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress and You will hear and deliver us.” 2 Chronicles 20:6, 9
Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And He will make straight your path. Proverbs 3:3, 5-6 (paraphrase)