We have been a transitional phase of our lives for about 19 months. Wanting to leave the area but tethered to a home here like thousands of Floridians. The housing market is great if you’re looking to buy a home. Not as great if you are looking to sell a home! We listed our home with a friend who is a realtor – nice gesture but no action! When the listing expired we decided to try to sell it ourselves. While we were a little discouraged, we were convinced there was/is a family out there that will be perfect for our home – God just hadn’t shown it to them yet! Long story short, it appears we will have a contract to sell our house in a few days! God’s timing is certainly not my timing but I have got to be convinced it is so much better! Of course, now the other part of the mystery equation is what I will do as gainful employment and where! We have devoted a large part of our lives during this phase to serving at City Church Tallahassee and want to continue to be where God wants us to be. City Church has been able to provide me some part-time income and will soon begin providing us health insurance – both we are very grateful for! I still need to find something to supplement that and I’m convinced that God will either show me where in Tallahassee or provide for me where He wants us to be!
While my housing comments seem to be about good timing, I received a text yesterday from a friend that wasn’t good at all. My friend shared with me he was now counted in the ranks of the unemployed. Terminated with no cause given. The day before a holiday. That just sucks. No nice way to describe it. But I’ve got to believe that God has something better planned for my friend. And I hope he will believe that soon. Our timing is never God’s timing, even though we like to think we have some control over things.
Today is the 4th of July – Independence Day in the United States of America. I’m grateful for the people who decided to do what they did to make this nation. I don’t worship them or this nation. There are some great things about being an American. There are some great things about other countries as well. If we’re not careful we can make our patriotism an idol in our lives. I’m more excited about the freedom I have in Christ!
New International Version (NIV)
Freedom in Christ
5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.