I’m currently heading to, in or on my way back from Bolivia. The internet access (along with my time) is a little more sketchy there than here in the States. So I’m re-posting a few of mine and your favorite posts from the last year or so.
PS – There is a new ending to this story…enjoy!
The Perfect House.
In August of 2013, we moved 30 minutes north to be closer to the church I work at – Cross Points Church
. It was a big sacrifice for the whole family. We changed schools, home, friends and more.The great news is our house sold. The not-so-great news is we weren’t able to find the perfect new house. Thankfully, God provided a rental house with ample space, and we rent month to month!Since August, we’ve been looking and praying for the perfect house. Per our pastor’s encouragement (through the book The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
), we’ve been very specific in our requests to God. We are looking in a specific neighborhood based on school district lines. We have a specific size of house and lot in mind.
To be honest though, it’s been tough sledding. There simply aren’t that many houses in our specific “circle”. It’s enough for us to say to each other and God, “Did we miss You?”
Abraham’s long journey.
Last week, I read the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac. God commands Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son, and Abraham immediately obeys.If you remember the story, God provides a ram in Isaac’s place. This is what Abraham says in response to God’s providence:
Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” – Genesis 22:14
This is how the story ends (actually it ends with God further blessing Abraham), but it’s not how it begins.
The story begins with Abraham hearing the call of God and obeying. It continues with a 3 day journey and a long climb up the mountain. It goes on with Abraham tying and laying his miracle son on the altar. It nears it’s end with Abraham lifting the knife, fully intending to bring it down on his son.
The mountain before provision.
There’s a principle here.Before the provision (and more important the blessing) of God comes, the mountain journey – sacrifice in tow – must take place. The journey may be long
(the Israelites in the desert for 40 years), or it may be short (Abraham’s 3 days); either way sacrifice is required.Kia and I continually remind ourselves it is God who will provide a house for us. We are on our journey up the mountain. We’ve made sacrifices, and may need to make more, so provision will come.
What provision are you waiting for? Are you climbing the mountain, sacrifice in tow? God will show up because “on the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
God did provide! He provided something, Kia and I weren’t even looking for – something better than what we were “circling”. In April of 2014, Kia reluctantly went on another house tour, walked in the door and immediately knew it was the one.
The journey was longer than expected (but less than 40 years!), but God did indeed provide. We climbed the mountain, and God provided.