Selling our house has been a test of faith. When the deal fell through on our home almost a week ago, and we had to back out of the house we loved, my husband felt God tell him that we were going to get more for our house. My faith was wavering, but he really believed this was the case. As our move date approaches, the butterflies in my stomach start flapping a little harder.
On Sunday we received an offer a few thousand above our last deal, from people that we were excited to sell the house too. We have been praying that the house would be a blessing to a family, and that it would sell at the price that we need, and they need. We have since received a back up offer that would be take effect if the other offer fell through.
This deal isn’t final yet, but I’m seeing a glimpse into what God is doing. I am reminded of a line in the movie The Sound of Music.
In the time of Maria’s greatest anxiety, a motherly nun says to her
“when God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”
The timing of this offer was interesting. It was five hours after we lost my lovely little house in our new city because we didn’t have an offer. Part of me was frustrated thinking, could this offer not have come through a little sooner?
I have been reading a book by Max Lucado called “It’s Not About Me” and it talks a lot about how we make our lives all about us, and imagine God is continually working to satisfy us, but that actually God is working everything out for his glory.
I wouldn’t put house hunting in the same category as pain, but you get the idea. This whole thing is really being worked out so that the Lord receives the glory. Yes, God does know what we need, but let’s be honest, probably what I think we need, is not exactly what God thinks we need. He can do the most fantastic balancing act of holding our needs, fulfilling his promises to us, and getting himself maximum glory.
My question to myself has been “am I stealing glory from God or am I giving him the maximum amount of opportunity to show himself awesome and powerful?”
Psalm 115:1 says
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
It’s not about how well we can wheel and deal, or how quick our realtor is, or how great we are at bartering. I believe the Lord is going to show his greatness to us as a family, and to those around us. It may not come the way that I expect, but I expect that he will come through.
Us receiving an offer for more than the last one was simply:
“so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.” (Isaiah 45:6-7)
Though my soul is still unsettled at times over where and what our new house will be, my prayers have been changing. I’ve been asking God to work this situation out to bring maximum glory to his name, to be the greatest testimony possible to our realtor, and to be the most faith building experience.
Yeah, I realize that’s a dangerous prayer! But since my life should actually be lived to reflect the Lord’s love and to bring glory to his name, finding a house seems like the safest, easiest place to start praying these kinds of prayers.
In the words of the hymn writer, Fanny J. Crosby;
To God be the glory, great things He hath done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yielded His life our redemption to win, and opened the life-gate that all may go in!