Last week, we were making some big decisions around here about whether to stay or go.
A little background is that we have been here 3 years and in that time, the economy has been tough and my husband has had a difficult time getting employment – even out of his field. We love our community and homeschool group but have been longing to be closer to family on a more regular basis. Our nearest family is 2-7 hours away.
We’d really been sticking it out here waiting for our oldest to graduate and hoping the employment situation would improve during that time. And it just hasn’t happened.
We had to stop and ask ourselves – what do we benefit from staying? And is it possible God is just moving us on?
It would be easy to stay. It’s comfortable here. We own our home. We are established in our homeschool group and community in various ways. But…we feel a little lost. Like we just haven’t been able to get on firm ground. Make sense?
And sometimes, I think God begins to make us uncomfortable to get us to move or change. Anyone relate?
For me, it’s been a feeling of restlessness and a reluctance to make too many commitments for the upcoming year. It has also been an eye-opener to realize that things financially are getting tighter and tighter.
So my husband and I had a few discussions and then met with a realtor. She was confident that we could sell. Big plus for us. While we realize how tough the current economy and housing situation is, we are thankful that we are not upside down on house and could make a little profit if we sold now.
We let family and friends and know what we were considering. We asked for prayer and wisdom from those we love and respect. We surrendered our plans to God – saying Your will be done! If it sells, it sells. If it doesn’t then it doesn’t. And then we drove the stakes of the For Sale in our yard last week with a “wait and see” attitude.
And it hasn’t stopped. We have had a steady stream of showings throughout the week and weekend – enough that we are already tired of showing the house! My husband claims it is just a ruse for me to get everyone to keep house clean. Several times a day, we pull the house together and step away so others can traipse through our home and decide if they might like to make it theirs.
A week into it and we had several offers. We stopped showing the house yesterday to evaluate what was on the table and if we were ready to take the leap and accept an offer. And we did.
Now if you have ever sold a house, you know nothing is every 100% sure. There is a mile-long list of things that have to be accomplished in the next 30 days – inspections, appraisal, title searches, and much more. We signed our name on the dotted line and are holding our breath for the rest to work itself out. I keep telling myself people buy and sell houses every day. But it’s still a daunting task!
As I sit here and reflect on it all, I’m well aware that God has given me peace because He knows on my own, I can dive straight into the anxiety of it all and just live there.
Yet, I’ve chosen not to to live in that place in this situation. It’s not easy.
We know this is a leap of faith, but one we know we can trust God with.
For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NET)