Jim and I have wanted to sell our house, downsize and move to Idaho. We started this process by listing our house for sale in 2008. Then the housing market collapsed. We followed the market down for a few months and then concluded that the time to sell was not right.
We waited for the housing market to recover and then listed our house for sale again in 2011. We found a buyer, opened escrow and started packing. A week later, the buyers backed out. A week after that, our daughter and son-in-law asked if they could move in for a year, to save up to buy a home of their own.
The time to sell was evidently still not right.
The year came to an end. The kids started house hunting. We started sprucing up the place intending to list again but once more the kids asked for a bit longer. The market for them was still not right.
Last month, they bought a home of their own. This month our son was given the go ahead to move to Idaho and open a geology office. He’ll be gone before the end of the year.
All kids will be gone soon. And one kid will live in the state we intended to move to. Clear direction?
The house is on the market again. Maybe it’ll sell this time. Or maybe God will have a new idea. Either way, His will is perfect.
We have loved having our grown up wonderful adult kids live with us. We would have missed all that fun if we had determined to follow our own plans, instead of recognizing God’s clear direction.
Whatever God’s plan is…it’ll be awesome. Because God is awesome!
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Has there been a time in your life when God seemed to say “no” or “not yet” to your plan and the result was better than if you had plowed ahead?