Tuesday, August 23, 2011
God is Bigger
We received bad news yesterday. Our house was appraised $23K less than what we needed to break even on the sale of our Dacula house. We are disappointed, angry, and sad. For whatever reason, I feel embarrassed to share this news, but I feel that there are so many of our friends who have been praying for us. We owe it to you all to share what is happening as a result of your prayers.
I feel like I need to justify that we did things the right way. We didn't buy out of our means, and we even payed over the monthly minimum house payment each month. We follow the Dave Ramsey plan - although we could have done a much better job. We made the mistake of putting our plan on hold through the move, through the accident, and through all the things that arose in between the two events.
I know there are gonna be some of you who judge us. Some of you will take this info and share it as a source of gossip or spite. But I hope you take this away in your heart:
(yes, sing the tune from the popular Veggie Tales song)
God is bigger than the boogie man.
He's bigger than our finances or all of our future plans.
I am a planner by nature. I get more excited about planning a vacation than the actual trip itself. I love to set goals and watch as they are met. This plan of owning a house in Dacula indefinitely is NOT my plan. My plan includes a successful financial future for myself and my family. It doesn't include the additional $1200 in monthly expenses of the $800 that it took to fix the a/c in a house that we don't live in and can't sell. It certainly didn't include a bus accident or (and yes, I'm going to mention this) losing money on an unsuccessful business in Georgia or the bad relationships that arose out of that situation. And they certainly didn't include being estranged from my family in Lilburn to the point that we don't ever speak. None of those things were in MY plan. But they were in God's plan.
I know that God has plans for me, for my family, and for our future. Often, what I think is best isn't the BEST that God has in store for me. I have seen that over and over again with the most recent testament being that we didn't get the house in Orlando that we wanted and now it's in foreclosure (some of you have seen that story on Facebook). And God has provided for our every single little teensy weensy need along each step of the way. I have stories and stories to share of his provision and the good that came out of waiting for God's best.
That doesn't mean that I'm not upset about the house. I am upset along with a slew of other feelings that come with the disappointment of not being able to sell the house. I guess there could still be a miracle. And just so you know, we are likely going to do research into renting out the house. We'll see what God's plan is. And we will wait with the Joy that we can find through Christ Jesus.