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There are times in my life where I am just speechless. I have learned that many of the "coincidences" of life aren't really those at all, they are God speaking to me. So we have had Georgia Home Garden 1.0 on the market for about two months, we have had several lookers and even two offers. They were both low ball offers and in earnest we tried to work with the buyers but to no avail they all fell through.
I have been praying for guidance from God to guide me in knowing what to do and praying that our house will sell. During this same time, we have not been going to church regularly like we normally do and I haven't been studying His word. Of course I always had a good reason: we are too busy right now, too tired, we will watch the service on TV, we will start back after we get settled, etc.
Well yesterday we went back after being away for a few weeks and people asked about our house in Sunday school and if we had any offers, offered prayer and support, etc. So yesterday afternoon, I was thinking about how I have been neglecting my relationship with God and my blog and that is when I decided to post about my new house yesterday.
Today we got another offer on Georgia Home Garden 1.0 from someone that looked at the house yesterday. It was a much better initial offer, we countered with some small changes, and we are officially under contract. Our closing date is end of October if everything works out.
I thought about how I have been praying and hoping, yet while at the same time neglecting my relationship with God. It is no coincidence that this all happened the day after my actions reflected my prayers. Today, I felt God speaking to me, "Why were you so worried. All you had to do is trust me and continue to actively have a relationship with me. Why were you so stressed all those nights praying for this when in the grand scheme of things doesn't even matter. You have your health, your wife and kids, you have everything you need, and yet you worry about something like this?"
His words rang in my head loud and clear today. Now I am not suggesting that just going to church is an instant ticket to getting your prayers answered, far from it. However, in this particular situation in my life, this was clearly not a coincidence. I am reminded of this scripture verse that I have heard frequently over the last few years. I am also reminded that things don't happen on my timeline, but on His.
Jeremiah 29 : 11-13
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.