Monday, February 20, 2006

in spite of me . . .

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i like our cozy rental bungalow ... it feels like a good place to wait in ... to wait for our condo? or house? whatever the Lord has in store for us ...

and to think that i despaired for a while!! worried about a place for us to move too ... wondering how the Lord was going to help us out! then i fired myself (
click here) and remembered that i had a God who cared for me ... He knew we needed a place to move too and i needed to trust He would find that place for us!

looking back - i can now see how God made sure we would find this place ... even though i kept shaking my head "no" when He presented it to us!

a month ago, i called our local newspaper a day before the weekly edition hit the stands - to see if there were any rentals available ... there was one - this house ... but when we found out that it wasn’t right in town ... i didn’t even ask to see it ...

through a series of events, i was brought back to this house again and again ... first by a friend and then by a mutual acquaintance ... then finally we took a look and loved it! we also found out that we knew our landlord’s sister! ... we weren’t going to rent from a total stranger after all!

every time we raised an obstacle about renting this house ... the obstacle was taken care of ... e.g.. the driveway is long and we didn’t want to worry about snow removal - our landlord just said, no problem - he has a big plow!

maybe you remember how i prayed and prayed about it all ... and searched and searched ... and here it was right under my nose the whole time ...

in spite of me - the Lord lead us here! which is encouraging ... because in spite of me - the Lord will continue to lead and to meet our needs as they arise!

9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Oh so happy for you!! I hope it will be a great blessing for you while you live there!! Renting is not all bad...in fact, in the last almost 6 years now, we have lived in rentals (3 different locations) and each one has been one of the nicest of all the places we have lived in. May never buy again...

Blessings and hugs!!

Peg said...

Hallelujah! God is Good! I am glad you are settled for the time being. It's just good to call a place home, isn't, no matter where you are! Glad all is good!

Maiju said...

I know what you mean. Many times it's hard to know what is God's plan for me or my family. I've found out the same that in spite of me God will leed me to the right place. I really didn't want to leave Imatra where we use to live but right after oyr move to Vantaa I realized that this was the right place for us. God opens the doors we need to go and close the ones we don't need to go in. That has happened even with the hobbies of our children...

So we don't have a reason to worry but still we worry...

Saija said...

elizabeth ... wow, you are a moving expert! and i agree, sometimes renting is easier then owning ... so we shall see what happens?!!

peg ... God is GOOD! leo always says, home is where he hangs his hat ... which is a good way to view life ... our homes here are temporary - the heavenly is the only permanent one!

maiju ... :o) ... isn't it good to know that "in spite of us", if we WANT God's will, HE will make it known! a good feeling because i can really muddy the waters when i'm trying to do the right thing! blessings to you! we've been to both Imatra & Vantaa - they are lovely cities ...

jettybetty said...

What a story of God's faithfulness!

Tim said...

Hi Saija:
This is a very encouraging testimony of God's faithfulness - thanks!
Tim

Saija said...

JB ... when i start to worry - i remind myself again and again of how the Lord guides me ... i want to do His will - and He is the one Who makes it happen!

tim ... i like sharing God stories - :o) ... hope all is well with you!!!

Maiju said...

Thank you Saija! I think Imatra is a beautiful place. Of course there are plenty of beautiful places in Finland as I guess is in Canada too. it would be so great to visit Canada some day...

Blessed journey with God to both of you!

Saija said...

maiju ... Canada isn't so far, is it? i mean you went ALL the way to Peru!!!