To Keep Us Together In The Storm
I’ve written earlier about our planned move to another smaller house. We accepted the bid on our house one day and and the next day had our offer on a new home home accepted. We’ved been packing up our clutter to give away; my wife more than me.
That has been the easy part. The paperwork has been a real hassle. Only it isn’t paper – it’s all kinds of documents going back and forth over the internet and in and out of the “cloud”. And using electronic signing; which I don’t understand how that’s secure.
It’s actually close to a nightmare not knowing if we’ved missed a text/email/message/facebook/zoom/etc. And in all of this we’re told to take two days off; but the realtors keep sending us new documents using differnt software from wherever that we are not the least familiar with.
Fed Up with Frustration
Don’t we all know that frustration can easily create more frustration? My wife and I are frustrated with the situation(s) and each other. So today I had the pleasure of having to drive around finding a place to donate the glassware we’re giving away. I passed by the one place. So Garmin had me turn around to another place (same address I gave before) and I crossed another street going in the opposite direction and it wasn’t there either. So then I drove back towards home, went past home area to a place I’ve donated before.
Sometimes if I’m smart, frustration will lead to resolution. But I had to do two things in the right order. Both based on scripture.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 WEB) 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(Philippians 4:6-7 WEB) 6 Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Step 1: Rejoice and Pray. Seriously? For what? Now get with it wayocross! Didn’t I pray to sell our house and buy another home with the money from selling our first home? Didn’t I pray for better communications between my wife and myself? Haven’t I written about looking for what we need to be doing IN our circumstances and not just praying for changing our circumstances?
Step 2: Pray and then pray more. Be frank with God. Listen to God. Anxiety is not trusting in God. And pray for and expect PEACE! Our friends who live on our block had the same experience we did. And that was the homes we bid for were not the best in retrospect. And we lost homes to the current bidding wars for housing.
Step 3: Realizing the point behind the two scripture passages above. And that is the stepping off point to a new place, new people, new opportunities for ministry, and lastly, new homes with more features than we like in our present home.
Step 4: Remember the Holy Spirit has covered us. The Holy Spirit is our seal, our guide, and our strength. When I pray I sometimes find myself praying for something that I wasn’t thinking about. And God doesn’t want just followers, but disciplers.
(Romans 8:26-28 WEB) 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints, according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
Most of our friends are our age. And other than the hassles of “paperwork” involved, we’re moving to a better place for us and our health issues. We are still close to family and have good places (actually better) to entertain family. So now I’m actually excited to get my new house and life on track; to be a improved person in an improved home serving in new ministries.
I also resolved that I’m going to trust that God has put me at a blessed stepping off point to new ventures in my life. I don’t intend to waste the experiences (and hopefully wisdom) I’ve gained in my life.
I’m blessed to have peace and new goals for serving my Savior. And I pray that I and you will find peace and purpose in the circumstances we’re in. And that we’ll recognize our stepping off point.
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