I have a confession to make, sometimes my relationship with God is like parent and spoiled child. No one wants to admit something like that. God’s plan did not line up with what I had planned.
We want what we think is best for our lives, not God’s plan
I just became a homeowner! Now that I look back’ I see God had a plan. (My patience wasn’t seen throughout the process.)
Around the beginning of the year, I decided I would finally try to buy a house. Anyone who has bought a house knows how complicated this can be. I did not.
Where do you start?
The internet is the best place to go. First, I just looked at houses that were listed online. There was even a house that intrigued me, but where do you go from there? When you don’t know anything, it makes a task seem impossible. But God has something all worked out for you. It is hard to see it at the moment. Just like when a child has to wait to receive a treat or reward.
I can look back and see God’s hand in connecting me with my realtor. I was completely lost and didn’t know where to start, so I just sent an email to a random company.
Little did I know that God was going to connect me with such an amazing realtor!
She was just a random person at first, but actually God’s plan connected me with a blessing. She never made me feel incapable to understand what was going on. Most importantly, my kids fell in love with her; maybe that was because she gave them each baseball hats. My youngest son was even asking when we could go visit her. God sent me someone who cared about me and my family, not just making her sale.
Surprisingly, I found the perfect house on our second house! Now, it has been a “seller’s market” which basically means there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes to buy. That very day, my realtor helped me write-up a purchase agreement.
The wait kept me anxious.
That day, multiple people offered to buy what I considered my perfect house. My realtor was so sweet to write a letter to the seller. With that, they accepted my offer! I was so excited, but the process is no where near finished. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with all the details of inspections and negotiations. Everything seemed great, but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. The seller was diagnosed with cancer and asked to cancel the sale.
So I was back to square one, and my apartment lease was coming to an end. I was finding it challenging to trust that God had it all under control.
Does this ever happen to you?
You know God has it all under control, but the doubt still slowly creeps in. We looked at a couple more places, but I was starting to doubt I would ever find a place. I started to feel that I should just give up.
The only thing that kept me going and not giving up was that I had already gone so far to give up now. I went to go see a house, and I like it, but it still didn’t seem as good as my first place. There had been so few houses I decided to put in the offer. I know God intervened here. Even though I didn’t have the highest bid, the seller accepted my offer. This time, I was waiting to have everything done to say I owned a house. Every day brought the closing day nearer. I was getting excited and nervous.
Everything happened without much trouble. I will say, there is A LOT of negotiating and paperwork involved in buying a house!
I still remember standing outside the realtor’s office after signing all the documents, and a feeling of disbelief came.
Finally, I owned my house. It had seemed to take forever, but now looking back it seems that the time just flew by.
God had a better plan than I had.
I set out to buy my family a home. God had a plan to find my family a place to live and grow in a community. We live in a close community where people know their neighbors, and our neighbors have children the same ages as mine. Even better, we have a great big yard where my children can play outside!
God has blessed my family with a home I wasn’t expecting to be able to find. Isn’t he such an amazing God?
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