Thursday, January 03, 2008

What Was THAT About?

The saga of that stinkin' house has officially ended. We finally sold our rental house a few weeks ago. It was very anticlimactic. After seven years of wondering what in the world God was doing with this house, suddenly it was over. Yes, we were relieved, but the lower price we decided to take tempered our excitement.

And it still doesn't make any sense. We didn't make a huge amount of money on it. We didn't change any lives. I can't help but wonder what the point of it all was. The end result was not a huge blessing, but we were never devastated either.

One of my bloggy buddies left a Chuck Swindoll quote in a comment on my last post that resonates with me today. "Will you trust me on this even if I never tell you why?" (Thanks, Living Beyond!) Perhaps that is the lesson.

Trust Me.

Why is that always the lesson for me and why does it seem so unsatisfying? I want a flashier ending, yet I know God doesn't often work like that. I know I have learned TRUST in this whole thing. Many, MANY sleepless nights of worry have taught me to rely on Him and His Word. God always showed Himself faithful. Experiencing His faithfulness and learning to set things in His hands are intangible blessings I too easily overlook. It is enough. For that I can utter a sincere, "Thank You, Lord."

And who knows, though the house is no longer in our hands, we may still cross paths with our last tenants. After a passage I read in Luke today, I'm wondering if the book is really closed on that relationship. It makes me smile to think what God may have up His sleeve. I have learned no matter what the outcome, God is trustworthy and I am loved.

Thank You, Lord.



For more Thankful Thursday posts, visit Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

16 comments:

BP said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

Happy TT Tami,

Wow, this was great. Trust me, hmm...

You sure like to keep challenging your readers huh?

How often I have heard those words myself.

It seems like God has shown me so many awesome things for the biggies in my life, but in the mundane issues of daily life, I guess I'll never know?

Blessings to you my friend, and congrats on selling your home!

lori said...

ahhhh yes, the whole TRUST thing!
I have walked that path my friend, only to see that I had not adequately learned it only to WALK IT AGAIN...I think I'm getting better...
HIS PLAN IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN MINE!!
you'd think a gal on the verge of 40 would get that!!
LOVED my visit today!!
peace,
lori

Living Beyond said...

I LOVE that you want a flashier end!! don't we all!! ONE DAY we will have flashiest end of them all.

I think this might be one of those light bulb moments years from know - the light with illuminate and you'll have an ahhh moment.

Until then we just keep our faces tilted up.

Loved this post - thank you!

Christine said...

Hi Tami! I love that Swindoll quote...wow does that speak to me. I'm so glad to be back and will make sure to visit more often. Happy New Year!

Cheryl said...

Loved your TT post. I have been in similiar situations myself. One day we will know the answer and then again we may not even care. It may just not be important to us anymore. Trust. Thanks for the reminder. I really enjoyed my visit with you. You have been a blessing.

Marsha said...

Oh, I understand that all too well. I don't know your whole saga, but for us, we had a house we thought we had sold, only to have it fall through 2 days before closing. We put it on the market again and the people wanting to do a lease to own. We foolishly agreed. 4 months later they skipped town and left the worse mess you have ever seen in your life! And damages on top of that. So we put it up for sale yet a third time. AH, third time was the charm! 10 years later, those folks still live in that house.

Vicki said...

Loved the post, Tami. Rest assured, a flashier end is coming! LOL...yay, heaven!! When I get to see His face!

Happy New Year, my friend!

Denise said...

I really liked your post, bless you.

Kathleen Marie said...

What a great quote. God does not owe us explanations we are just to trust. I am so glad your rental sold. Awesome!

Enjoyed your post. God Bless!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on selling it anyway. I guess we would all prefer a sky filled with angels or a parting sea but we generally get the silence.

ellen b. said...

Tami,
We walked away from our dream home several years ago after a major landslide. We were devastated but we knew God was in control. We are continually amazed at how God works in our lives. blessings on you as you wait on Him for any answers you might get this side of heaven...

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Living in the unknown isn't easy, but it's the essence of faith isn't it? I'm with you - I want the flashy endings, but God wants more from me. I wish He would call me to something amazing like living in a hut in Africa, but He asks me to clean the toilets, make breakfast and do the laundry. No excitement, just obedient faith. He IS doing something, we just can't percieve it yet!

e-Mom said...

So glad the saga has ended! Sometimes I wonder how much worse a situation could have been without the Lord's intervention...

I love His lessons in trust--when the crisis has passed. I try to save up the feeling of loving care and remember how He solved the circumstances for the next time a difficulty arises. Easier said than done. :~D

Lynn said...

Wow Tami,

"Will you trust me on this even if I never tell you why?" (Thanks, Living Beyond!) This resonates with me as well.

We will NOT always know the reasons.... It is difficult for us to truly trust and allow our Lord His way in the matter.

Fantastic TT post. It calls all of us to consider trusting the Lord above all. Love you, Lynn

Annie said...

Congratulations on selling the house! We had some great Bible studies there. Thank you for always opening your home and your heart to the young people in your lives. You have an incredible gift!