With contract in hand on our Tennessee home, a pre-approval letter from the bank, and a list of houses we wanted to see, Dennis and I drove to where we believed the Lord was leading us for our next move. The peak season for moving had hit and our Realtor in Alabama only had Friday to spend with us looking for houses. Dennis and I spent Thursday checking neighborhoods, driving by the homes we had on our list, and making notes off which ones we wanted to see. By the time we met with the Realtor, we had narrowed the list down from about twenty homes to three.
Meeting early in the morning, our agent drove us to our top choice. On the online realty site, the pictures of the home had looked perfect. However, when we arrived, the house was much smaller, wasn’t as well-maintained as it looked online, and the information was incorrect. Disappointed, we moved on to the next house on our list.
When we reached our second choice, we all walked around stunned at the many negative issues inside and out. We crossed that one off our list and drove to the next. House number three was perfect — wonderfully maintained, well-loved, a beautiful small yard, and the right floor plan for now and as we get older. We were ecstatic and hurried back to the Realtor’s office to put in a contract.
We placed an offer for a little less than they were asking, waited, then received a counter-offer with them wanting full-price. We felt this house was “the one” and the price was good, so we happily agreed, and based on our move date set here, told them we would like the house in six weeks.
However, they replied they didn’t know where they were going and really weren’t ready to move, so could we wait about two more months. What? I really thought when someone puts a house for sale they actually want to sell and let the buyers take possession. Oh my. Obviously, there are some decisions to be made. We have thirty days to get out of our house and the “sellers” want us to pay full price and wait until they are ready to move.
Okay, so what happens if we wait on the sellers? What would be the cost to store the furniture and stay in a hotel (or beg to stay with family members)? We can’t get back to house-hunt until the next week which means our time-window on finding a house is growing shorter by the day. What if we can’t find another house in time?
Even with all the “what if” questions and uncertainty, we know if God wants us to have that house, things will work out and we will have that house. If God doesn’t want us to have that house, He has something better planned. God isn’t surprised by what happens, He always is in control, and His love never fails.
We have no idea what will happen next, but the situation reminds me of the times I’ve told God I would go wherever and whenever He wanted. However, when the prompting came to move forward, I whimpered and hesitated. How many times have I said I would do something for the Lord but only because I was trying to be a “good” girl by making the offer? Oh dear. Not good. I need to make sure I am willing to obey God, and not just be willing to obey but actually obey.
As for our house issue, this could be a crazy ride. We’ll continue to pray, and do what we can, prepare however we can, look where we can, and be open to whatever God has planned. We’re trusting God to guide and lead our steps. The Buffaloes know we’ve got to roam, we’re willing to roam, we just aren’t sure where we’re roaming. Stay tuned for the next adventure of… As The Buffaloes Roam.
“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.” ~ Jeremiah 17:7(AMP)
“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” ~ Proverbs 16:9 (AMP)
“Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).” ~ Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)