Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
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My wife and I have both been Christians for over 50 years, but there is always more to learn about God’s goodness and provision for us.
As we approached retirement age, we began making plans for what we would do and where we would live. We anticipated more time for ministry, for grandchildren as well as for our hobbies and for traveling. But the big house where we had raised our three children had become far too big for us. Soon, we wouldn’t have the physical or financial resources to maintain it. Therefore, we planned to sell the big house, shortly after retiring, and downsize to something we could manage, a condo or townhouse. That would free up more time for the things we deemed important. It seemed like a good plan.
A few months after retiring, a perfect storm of events struck the United States and the local economy, making it unwise to sell our big house for the foreseeable future. But that raised questions. Did God have something else in mind for our retirement? Something we hadn’t anticipated? Were we supposed to keep the big house and perhaps use it for ministry?
We waited, trying to answer those questions, for almost eight years while maintenance projects on our big house depleted our resources. But housing prices, which had bottomed out at retirement, finally began to recover. We started looking for something to buy that met our needs. But over the 30 years we had lived in the Puget Sound area, much had changed. The Seattle area now catered to younger people with good jobs, and it had sorely neglected the Baby Boomers.
Developers were not building housing suitable for our generation, and what little already existed was in such high demand that we wondered if we would ever find a place. That situation might cause us sell and move twice, first to a rental, where we would wait until we found something to buy that met our needs.
We started preparing our home for listing with our real estate agents and asked them to help us find something that met our needs. But, after months of scouring the housing market and finding nothing suitable, we began to have serious doubts about how this would work out.
Now, in hindsight, I think about what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4 after he received a gift from the Philippian church. “Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” Then Paul added a verse many of us have memorized, verse 19: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The events surrounding the selling of our house, that is God supplying our need, came like a whirlwind. A call late one night from our real estate agents told us a townhouse that met our needs had been listed only minutes earlier. It was only a few blocks from our church. Prior to that moment, we didn’t even know that this development existed. We were in this townhouse at 8:00 a.m. the next morning. We bought it before noon. We listed our house and it sold in about eight hours. We were able to move once and downsize in the process. Improbable events came together at just the right time to meet our needs.
There were some physically challenging things to deal with during the move, and downsizing is emotionally trying because things with memories attached must be given away or sold. But what we had agonized over for months, actually years, had been resolved in a couple of days. So it is fitting that I should close with Paul’s words in the very next verse of Philippians 4, verse 20: “Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”