Sometime in July, I started hearing a whisper from God, “Prepare your home as if you were going to sell it.” I listened and my interpretation was as follows, “This home is my gift to you. Honor Me by keeping it in tip top shape all the time.”
Meanwhile, in my devotions two themes were developing. Little did I know how important those themes would be in the month of August and into early September!
The one theme was to stay behind God. Follow Him. See, as many of you know, I am enthusiastic and historically more of a ready, fire and then aim kind of person. So, I just assumed and interpreted the scriptures as God holding me back and teaching me a new pace. Cool. I know I need that lesson. I was reading in the book of Ezekiel at the time and in one of Ezekiel’s visions there are these heavenly beings. This particular heavenly being’s spirit is in a wheel underneath their body and where ever the spirit leads they go. They are neither ahead nor are they behind. Additionally, the Israelites followed the Ark of the Covenant. So, I was taking in that lesson and checking myself and slowing down and not getting ahead.
The second theme was that of a tree planted by a river. Specifically, Jeremiah 17:7,8 which says, “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.
To summarize these themes I was learning to follow God to stick with Him and not get ahead of Him. I was also learning that as I grow in Godly knowledge and He transforms me I will be able to withstand life’s situations, challenges and circumstances because I trust in Him. God wants me to believe Him, take Him at His Word and trust Him and know that He is working ALL things out for my good (Romans 8:28).
So, back to this whisper, “Prepare your house as if you were going to sell it”. We were in the midst of doing just that one day in mid-August. We decided that we needed some storage solutions for one of our bedrooms. So, we went out to invest in storage solutions. Low and behold, we pull up to one store and parked in front is a huge motorhome. We got out of the car and Robert and I looked at each other and just started laughing. We were reminded of the seed God planted in 2011 when He asked us to downsize to get free and mobile and He gave us the vision of a motorhome. We had kind of, mostly forgotten that. (remember from yesterday God is sequential..) So, here we are preparing our house “as if” to sell and then God plants an enormous motorhome in our path as we are about to spend more money on this little house He put us in only temporarily! It was evident and clear to both of us and that’s why we busted out laughing. I’m not even sure we had to say out loud that we were not going to invest in storage solutions for a home we were clearly not going to be in long!
We continued to pray and felt complete and total peace that preparation was leading to sale. On August 14th, I put in a call to our realtor, Betty Jett to let her know we would have our house ready to put on the market in early September. Betty Jett responded, ” No way. I just got a call on your house last week. This person saw it when you had it up for sale last fall and was unable to purchase at the time.” Really? Seriously? Nah, that won’t happen.
Well, it did. This lovely lady and her husband put a contract on our home before it even made it to the MLS! That happened on a Saturday.
That Sunday, I was in church and just thanking God for how He works. I was so appreciative of having the house sold because the stress of showing a house, wondering when it will sell and how much it will sell for is not a lot of fun. But, God in His mercy and grace knew that other challenges would come and He could take this one off our plate. I was praising Him and thanking Him. During this time of praise in church, God had a few words for me. Let me share.
He, in His wonderful humor said to me, ” All this time, you thought I was holding you back. Go reread those verses. They don’t say stay behind, they say stay with me! See, you aren’t getting ahead of me, I was preparing you to keep up with me. Put on your spiritual running shoes, we are moving forward!” I laughed and I cried.
The second thing He said to me was, “You will be mobile, but don’t worry about where you are going just yet. I’m getting you and Robert in position. Remember Noah? He built that Ark, but it sat on dry ground for a bit.”
Lesson: Keep listening. Pay attention. String the dots together. God will tell you, then His word and circumstances will bring you clarity and confirmation. Pray with your spouse and read God’s word together. Share what He is saying to each of you. Robert and I experienced incredible unity on this.
Hint: We will be living in our new Tsunami motorhome beginning on September 27th!
Next: Kissing a lot of frogs to find our motorhome and making decisions in a new and powerful way.