Do you ever find yourself wondering if God is really real? Do you know down in the depths of your soul that He is?
I’ve been blessed with several powerful moments in my life that made me know that God is real. And alive. And truly cares about me. Me! It is utterly amazing that the almighty, omnipotent all-knowing God isn’t too busy to show His love for me. And at the times when I need it the most.
My girlfriend (who shall go nameless -- although I would love to share her name!) knows that God is real. Real beyond a shadow of a doubt. She was facing one of life’s toughest decisions this week. Buying a house.
My wonderful friend has been leasing her house for the last year as they are new to our area. Before they settled in Westlake, my friend prayed for the Lord’s direction. She brought her needs to Him and He placed her on my street.
The decision to continue leasing or make an offer on her house has been quite heavy on her heart. Each time we discussed it, she would always say, “It’s in God’s hands.” She continually prayed for direction. She would get weary and frustrated and impatient. Though she never stopped praying.
Just recently, the opportunity arose to buy the house. Given that the house was built the year I was born, it needs a lot of TLC. Couple that with the unstable economy and their increasing expenses, and it became a very tough decision for them to make.
I ran into my girlfriend recently at a baseball game. She told me that the owner agreed to their price and it looked as if they were going to buy their house. I was thrilled! But she wasn’t.
“Even though it looks like this deal is coming together, I have no peace with this decision,” she said. “I just want to make sure that this is God’s plan for us.” So she continued to pray.
I called her last week. “The owner is coming over on Thursday to sign the papers,” she said. “It looks like the house is ours. But my heart is soooo heavy,” she sighed.
Now I’m not a whiz at making decisions. But I know that if you don’t have peace, then you probably shouldn’t do it. Especially when it comes to buying a house.
“Keep praying,” I told her. Easier said than done. Sometimes it’s the last hour when God’s voice is heard.
So I’m reading through my emails a few days ago, and see this from my friend:
“This morning I sat down with a book to read from my mom and the opening page read:
See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
She continued, “This is just after I told the Lord I still need His direction to be assured this is the right thing to do and that I would like confirmation before the owner comes tonight with the papers!”
Coincidence? I think not. I love it!
God hears our every word, our every thought. He will answer us. On His time. Unfortunately, not always on ours. Patience is key. Keep praying. Don’t stop. And when He does answer, revel in the beauty that He is real.
Real beyond a shadow of a doubt...