Closing day was approaching and we were all anxious. Packing up, moving, and all the last minute details were really at the height of stress. Just one more week to go, I kept reminding myself. It will all be over soon.
Just a few days before the closing, there was a problem with the sale of our house. Apparently, someone forgot to record a mortgage we had closed on the property when we refinanced 12 years ago, so it could not close now without proof of that mortgage being canceled. We spent hours upon hours going through all of our paperwork from the last 12 years and this paper was nowhere to be found. The bank was out of business, the lender, etc. NO one had any idea where it was. Our attorney became a detective trying to track it down. It was an intense two days. Here our moving truck was ready to be rented and we weren’t even sure if we were closing. Friends were on standby to help us pack the truck. The stress level was high to say the least.
Finally, the attorney was successful in finding what we needed, and that problem was taken care of. SO it would be smooth sailing now…right?
The stress level was about to go even higher than I imagined…
We were supposed to close on both houses on Friday. Thursday all of our very best friends came and helped us pack the truck. Which can I just say how incredibly blessed we are? People literally took off of work to help us move. People just showed up that we didn’t know were coming. God’s servants are truly special people. I was in awe of how they served us.
The whole while the truck was being packed, it was still unsettling though because we still didn’t have confirmation we would close the next day.
And if we didn’t close, the truck would be packed and would need to be returned on Sunday. What we would do if we didn’t close and our whole life was packed into 26 feet of truck?
Needless to say, I was stressed. I had trouble sleeping and eating. I just felt so anxious.
Yet, amidst the anxiety I knew many truths. That God had a plan for all of this. That this isn’t suffering compared to what many people go through. That He would work it all for good. And that I needed to surrender to Him.
Well, Friday came and it was CLOSING day. Yet, I still didn’t have confirmation that we would actually close. In fact, our attorney told us it would be impossible to close on our new home if we didn’t close on the home we were selling by 2 pm. There wouldn’t be enough time for the funds to transfer and we needed the funds from the house we were selling to purchase the new home.
As the clock ticked, my anxiety levels peaked. What would we do if we closed on our house that we were selling, but not on the purchase? We had a truck filled with all of our earthly belongings that needed to be returned Sunday, and we may not have a home until Monday.
Well, 2:00 came and went. I knew that the attorney said it would not be possible to close now. So we resigned ourselves to the fact that at least for the weekend, we would not have a home. We asked the truck rental to extend the truck another two days, and they said it was probably not possible, but then they said, by a miracle it was! Ok, so one problem solved. We would keep our belongings on the truck for the weekend, but where would we go?
At 3 pm we were told the buyers of our home were coming to walk through the house and then they would be closing. I told my husband I needed to get out of the house and take a ride in my car.
I got in my car and prayed…prayed out loud…really, really loud. I cried out literally to God. I knew that we couldn’t close on our new home until Monday, and I just had to surrender to His plan, no matter how much it scared me.
I was screaming out loud (yes, that was me…the crazy lady in the car yelling and crying…;)
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
As I was driving, crying, praying, the phone rang. It was my realtor and she said:
“Honey, we are going to close tonight.”
I kept believing I would not trust man for the outcome but God. And I HAD surrendered to the plan not working out the way I wanted.
And then, GOD made the impossible, possible.
At the last hour- actually it was PAST the last hour.
And He stepped in.
The people buying our home said they would sign the check directly over to the account needed to purchase our new home, so we didn’t have to wait for money to transfer.
I never in million years thought of this, and here God was making a way.
The next several hours were a whirlwind. I was beyond exhausted, physically and mentally. In a very surreal way, I showed up at our attorneys office at 6:30 pm on a Friday night to sign the papers to close on our new home. He said the deal was done but since the attorney on the purchase had left the office, we just needed to wait until Saturday for him to come and approve everything. He said he would call me Saturday, and then we could officially enter our home.
And He did.
And we rejoiced.
After one last sleepless night with high anxiety, I have never rejoiced so much out loud in my car as I drove up to my new home…
There were many more small miracles taking place throughout this whole process. Too many to list. The story is already long enough, but I must say this:
God always, always knows best. His plans are always better than ours. All of the things that happened over the last 18 months, were linked together in perfect order to fulfill His plan. They were all linked together to teach ME, to helps us grow as a family, and to further my dependence on Him alone.
After all, He is sovereign. How could I dare think I have any control. Even in suffering, He wants us to have faith. He wants us to hold on when we think we can’t anymore.
He has blessed us beyond measure in our new home. I keep thinking I will wake up and it is all a dream! The home we purchased is large enough for all the entertaining and guests we have dreamed of. The property is more than I ever hoped for. It is just too much to comprehend that after all this time, God answered our prayers abundantly more than we ever hoped for.
Had we bought the first house (the white house), we would have been doing lots of work. This house is brand new. The farmhouse was great, but smaller than this house, and much more expensive. Here’s the kicker…we are paying about $40 more on our mortgage a month for this house, than our old house. For that little bit, we have SO much more! Tons of living space, brand new home, a garage, basement, a barn, acres of property…It is crazy. God has blessed us abundantly, and this truly was the house meant for us. It IS better, far better, than all of the others!
This morning in our Bible time, we read all of Psalm 20. We also talked about how we will use this home for His glory and to honor Him. May we praise Him daily, in all things…and continue to Simply Live for HIM!
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!
Read part 1 of this story here
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