It is the moment at which everything happens absolutely perfectly in a way that is even better than what was hoped. A moment that can make you smile, make you cry, and brings about a feeling of deep gratitude. The secular call it luck. The New Agers call it the Law of Attraction. The eastern mystics good karma. I call it answered prayer, or a miracle, if you will. Some are big, some are small, but each of these moments has significance and meaning to the person to which it befalls.
We have had many God moments in our journey with Kristy’s House thus far. Today, I’d like to share two. The first one happened very early in the process and confirmed my belief in my calling to lead this ministry.
God laid it on my husband’s heart to use my mom’s house to help others in need a couple months after she passed away. When he told me, I immediately accepted and supported the idea, as did my family. It didn’t take long, however, for our human nature to take over when we quickly realized we had an issue with the mortgage balance. While the house had a significant amount of equity, there was still a mortgage and we weren’t able to pay it and donate the house. So we gave up. Just like that. After all, we knew our intentions were good, but there was just no feasible way to pull off the idea so we decided to put the house on the market and just sell it. Oh well, we gave it our best! Not really. How soon we forgot that it was the Lord’s plan and He put it on our hearts!
We cleaned up the place on a Saturday late last fall and were planning on listing the house that Monday. In the meantime, I responded to a text message that was sent to me on an unrelated matter and somehow mistakenly sent it to the wrong person. That person could have ignored the text all together, but instead they reached out to me to let me know I mistakenly sent them a text. Not only that, but they probed further about my message, which was about my nephew who was sick at the time. That exchange prompted the person who received my misdirected text to ask my sister out to lunch after church the following day. During lunch, many things were discussed, one of which being the initial plans for my mother’s house and the amended plan to put the house on the market the following day. The person who asked my sister to go to lunch was the President of an amazing, faith-based, private organization who decided, as a result of that lunch, which was the result of a mistaken text, to have the company pay off the mortgage on the home.
The other God moment I want to share happened a couple days ago. But first, I need to provide the background. So let’s start back in June of this year. We expanded our vision for Kristy’s House. We went from a small, ranch-style home in the suburbs to a farm model serving many more clients. It’s funny how God showing up can reignite your passion and purpose! So we decided to list the current property, my mother’s house, and look for a 40-acre property. We invited a friend over from church (who was a realtor) to talk about what we were looking for and ask him to be our real estate agent. This friend and his wife had recently decided to sell ALL their belongings (except for what fit into a 10’x10′ storage unit) and move to Nicaragua for 2 1/2 years to do mission work. Their house sold quickly and we offered up my mother’s house as a place for them to stay until they left, which was originally going to be in August. During dinner that night, as we discussed listing the property, finding a new one, and he and his wife staying at the house, my husband and I both said it was our prayer that God would work in the timing of this plan. Specifically, that our friends could stay in the house until it was time for them to leave for Nicaragua and that the sale of the house would allow for that timing to work out perfectly.
The house was listed in late June and there was no movement. Nothing in July, either, even though we had lowered the price. August rolled around and we had one showing early in the month, but nothing ever came of it, not even any feedback. Our friend, the realtor, looked up similar houses in the township thinking maybe it was a problem with the area, in general. Perhaps it just wasn’t rebounding like many other areas. After all, the house showed great and we had it listed at the appropriate price. It was a mystery as to why we weren’t getting any showings. Finally, just this past weekend, we had 3 showings: 1 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. I ran into our friends at church on Sunday and we talked. They had previously pushed back their departure date to Nicaragua to September 1st, but I learned on Sunday that it had been extended even further. We talked more and repeated that our prayer was that God’s timing would be such that the house would sell right as they departed for Nicaragua.
Our friend called me Sunday night. We have an offer: a good one. The buyer isn’t selling a house so there is no contingency in place. They don’t want possession until October 1st. This is the perfect timing for our friends to depart for Nicaragua as they follow their own calling from the Lord, and it allows us to do the same.
In summary, my dear friends, God is good.
I hope that you are encouraged by these things and I trust that He will continue to show up and give me many more wonderful stories to share!