I have been reflecting on the many things I am thankful for and ways I am in awe of how God timed the sale of our home. 18 months ago when we put our home on the market, we contemplated whether to move last year (2017) or this year (2018). At the time Chris’ 94-year-old Grandmother, Lillian, had lived with us for 2 years. It had been a very special season of multigenerational community within our home and she delighted in the boys and the boys loved their time with her. When we moved to Michigan, she would be moving in with Chris’ parents. We considered staying an extra year to give the boys extra time with her but realized that making long-term plans revolving around her was unwise as her health was fragile and at any time her needs could exceed our ability to care for her. We decided to move forward with our plans to move in 2017.
As it turned out, Grandma’s health held out and she was able to live with us until Spring of 2018, when a week before we moved to Michigan (on a temporary basis), her health took a turn and she had to move in with Chris’ parents who were more available to care for her. It is such a blessing to have had the extra time with her and I can see how God timed it perfectly to maximize our time with her!
Additionally, the extra year provided us with special times with friends and family and the ability to be a support (and be supported by) those we love in Illinois. There are so many blessings that have come from the waiting, even though the waiting was hard.
One thing that I have still been struggling with in the timing, is the financial cost of moving this year instead of last year. Because our house was on the market so long, we had to drop the price well below what we hoped to sell for over the many months it was on the market. Additionally, the housing market in Holland has accelerated even more since last summer, and homes are now cost at least 10% more this year than they did last year.
I was wrestling with this yesterday and talking to God about how I wish we could have moved last summer because of the financial impact of having waited until this year. I asked for His perspective on these matters, and the thoughts that came to mind surprised me.
The first thought I had was that God values relationship much more than He values money. In God’s economy, the value we all received from the extra year here and meaningful times in relationship far outweighed the financial cost of the delay. As I chewed on this thought, the next one caught me off guard even more. God valued the relationship with His children (us) so much that He sacrificed His most precious possession (His Son) to restore and reconcile our relationship with Him.
Wow! It is amazing to have that perspective on God’s love for me. I also felt God’s gentle assurance that He also knows our financial needs and will provide.
I feel like after talking to God and listening to His response, I can now fully embrace my joy in His perfect timing!
Where are you struggling with the “fall out” from God’s timing not being your timing? What might He want to show you today about His love for you in the midst of that frustration? Take a few minutes today and receive what He has for you.